After hearing the judges' decision declaring his opponent, Canelo Alvarez, the victor of Saturday night's middleweight boxing championship bout by a majority decision, Gennady Golovkin exited the ring without participating in the postfight interview.
It was Alvarez, though by the slimmest of margins. Golovkin would have more of a following if the fight were held at the Garden.
It didn't help Golovkin that more than three-quarter of the 21,965 fans Saturday night were pro-Alvarez, wildly cheering every punch he landed.
"If the people want another fight then we'll do it again", said Alvarez, beaten only by Floyd Mayweather in a 53-fight career.
When asked about a third fight, he said: "Under the right conditions, yes".
A third fight would no doubt be lucrative and will go a long way toward either validating Alvarez's standing in the sport and Golovkin's place in the history books - likely both. The judges are good judges and it was a good fight. He had always claimed to have been the true victor of the first fight and had now missed out on career wins 39 and 40 due to contentious scorecards.
It wasn't so happy for Golovkin, the slugger from Kazakhstan who for years walked through whoever was put in front of him. Both fighters dug deep for the so-called championship rounds but Golovkin seemed to have the edge. It also ended his eight-year reign as a champion.
Well, not exactly. Even if the judges did their job and scored the first fight for Golovkin, both fighters did enough to show that this weekend's rematch was warranted. Golovkin weighed 159.6 pounds and Alvarez weighed 159.4.
The Mexican was judged to have won a frenetic final round which proved decisive, Alvarez scoring a 114-114, 115-113, 115-113 majority decision.
Speaking ringside after his victory, Alvarez said: "My corner told me that I needed to win the round [final round] and that what's I did".
Canelo Alvarez, left, lands a punch on Gennady Golovkin.
Unlike many close decisions in boxing, though, there was no huge outcry, largely because the fight was nearly too close to call. "Unfortunately we didn't get the knockout, but we got the victory".
Victory was sweet for Alvarez, who had been accused of "running" during last year's first encounter by Golovkin's camp.
That showed at Friday's weigh-in, when the two fighters had to be separated in their only face-to-face appearance before the fight.
He was just that, though, in a spirited fight that had no knockdowns but plenty of action.
With much respect for sports enthusiasts like LeBron, I think we should leave the rest of the floor space for the boxing intelligentsia to comment on the final result. "Hopefully there'll be a third fight".