LAS VEGAS -- Gennady Golovkin dipped his head and didn't want to say much.
"Terrible," he uttered before disappearing into the night.
But in truth, Golovkin's controversial draw against Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night was a tremendous victory for boxing.
Their riveting middleweight title fight screams for a Cinco de Mayo weekend rematch next year, and continues the momentum for what's been a renaissance year for boxing.
"Everybody won. It was a great event," said Eric Gomez, president of Golden Boy Promotions.
Before a packed group of reporters, Alvarez's promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, tried to dance around the subject of exercising the rematch clause Alvarez (49-1-2) possesses. But backstage in a filmed interview with the Los Angeles Times, De La Hoya said the bout "begs for a rematch ... it's the most exciting fight that fans have seen in a long time."
Gomez said "we believe, yes," that their rematch clause still applies in the case of a draw. "Let me just enjoy this fight right now."
While veteran judge Adalaide Byrd likely ensured she never scores a major bout again by turning in a 118-110 card (10 rounds to two) for Alvarez, most saw it more how judge Dave Moretti (115-113 for Golovkin) and Don Trella (114-114) had it.
"I'm not going to put her right back in," said Bob Bennett, the Nevada Athletic Commission's executive director. "She'll still be in the business ... but she needs to catch her breath."
The fight was close, with Alvarez outlanding Golovkin in power punches (114-110) and Golovkin landing more total punches (218-169) and jabs (108-55), according to CompuBox.