“I think Canelo is in a real fight against a strong guy who’s determined,” Lara told BoxingScene.com through a translator last week. “If I had to pick somebody, I would go with Golovkin. But one thing we know is in Las Vegas, you can’t beat Canelo Alvarez on a decision.” If Alvarez-Golovkin goes to the scorecards, Lara fully expects Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) to lose, even if the action indicates he should be declared the winner of their HBO Pay-Per-View main event at T-Mobile Arena. “They did it to me, so why wouldn’t they do it to Golovkin?,” Lara said. “On top of that, one judge had it a draw when Canelo fought Floyd Mayweather. They did it to Mayweather, they did it to me. You have to knock out Canelo to beat him.” Lara lost a split decision to Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) in their 12-round, non-title fight three years ago at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Judge Jerry Roth credited Lara with a 115-113 victory, but judges Levi Martinez (117-111) and Dave Moretti (115-113) scored their highly competitive fight for Alvarez. Ten months earlier, judge C.J. Ross somehow scored Alvarez’s 12-round fight with Mayweather a draw (114-114). The two other judges – Craig Metcalfe (117-111) and Moretti (116-112) – thought Mayweather won by scores that were more reflective of what took place in the ring and he beat Alvarez by majority decision. “The Canelo fight is history now,” Lara said of his split-decision defeat to Alvarez. “It’s in the past. Everyone who knows about boxing, everyone who’s not biased, knows I won the fight.” That doesn’t mean that the Cuban southpaw doesn’t want another opportunity to beat the Mexican superstar. “Obviously, he’s gonna try to avoid me,” Lara said. “Everyone knows that, but I hope it happens. If it happens, it happens. But every great fighter looks at their record and sees an asterisk. A guy like Floyd Mayweather fought Castillo. It was controversial and he came back and beat [Jose Luis] Castillo. He did the same thing with [Marcos] Maidana. “That’s what great fighters do. So any time there’s an asterisk on your record, you have to fix it. If Canelo wants to go down in history as one of the best Mexican fighters, he has to do what Chavez did with Frankie Randall. The list goes on and on and on. That’s what great fighters do.” Meanwhile, Lara (24-2-2, 14 KOs) is busy preparing for his October 14 fight against Cleveland’s Terrell Gausha (20-0, 9 KOs). Their 12-round title fight will headline Showtime’s tripleheader from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.