Canelo Alvarez apparently isn't just messing around or making bold statements -- he's serious about fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr on May 5.
Alvarez, who defeated Kermit Cintron on Saturday in Mexico City, tells Sal Rodriguez of Record that he's willing to drop down to 150 pounds to fight Mayweather:
"It's what I want, the Mayweather fight. We put it on the table. It was a year of great experience, and I feel more mature. I'm willing to go down to 150 pounds. De La Hoya said he was going to try to make the Mayweather fight. We're ready for it."
Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KO) had no trouble with Cintron on Saturday, but then Cintron hasn't been any good in quite a while, and in the end the fight amounted to what I suspected: Another hand-picked, riskless fight, but this time against a guy who had a good KO percentage.
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There is absolutely no doubt that Mayweather (42-0, 26 KO), even as a smaller man, is not just a class apart from the likes of Cintron, Alfonso Gomez, Matthew Hatton and Ryan Rhodes, but roughly eight classes apart.
Plus, Canelo would be trying to drop back down to a weight that he couldn't make for his Hatton fight (which had a 150 pound catchweight). At 21, he's not getting smaller, and making weight lower than 154 at this point could be a burden.
Plus, there's that whole part where we're talking about Floyd Mayweather, one of the great pure talents of all-time.
And make no mistake: Mayweather will not take this fight at 154 pounds, nor should he be expected to. Floyd would be calling the shots here, same as Pacquiao and his catchweights. The money speaks. Alvarez offering 150 before it's even demanded tells me that he's serious, and that he understands he's the man chasing the fight. If he wants it, concessions have to be made.
I said before that I thought this fight was a darkhorse for May 5. Right now, it really looks like a Pacquiao fight is at least possible for Floyd and that date, so Alvarez would be secondary. But with all the posturing going on between Top Rank and Golden Boy, if that fight doesn't come off who else does Floyd fight? Sergio Martinez doesn't have the same audience and he's bigger than Alvarez, plus he's a southpaw with skills.
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Mayweather vs Alvarez is a real possibility, like it or not. There's money in it, Alvarez has little to lose, Mayweather would get a chance to knock off a rising star, and the whole thing begs for the "passing the torch" promotional angle, where you can put into the heads of the casual fans that the 21-year-old kid might be ready to take the throne from Floyd, who turns 35 in February.
If it's not Pacquiao, why not Canelo? Is he really any "worse" of an opponent than Victor Ortiz?