Jose Sulaiman Speaks on Mayweather vs Canelo and More

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr has to fight Sergio Martinez or vacate his title, says Jose Sulaiman. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Via the big man's Twitter account itself, WBC dictator-for-life Jose Sulaiman addressed a few hot topics in the Mexican boxing world today, including potential fights between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Canelo Alvarez, Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez, and Chavez and Sergio Martinez.

On Mayweather vs Canelo:

"Saul Alvarez wants to fight Mayweather. If so the WBC would not object."

Phew. This is a load off of everyone's mind. I mean, I know the great worry is that the WBC would have objected to a Mayweather vs Canelo fight, given that it's really rich and features two sanctioning body favorites. Alvarez holds the WBC junior middleweight title, which was given to him along with a bouquet of roses and a "hope you're feeling better" card when he failed to actually make the contracted weight for the vacant title, while Mayweather very openly only cares about WBC belts and no longer pays any other sanctioning body a fee to fight for their title.

As for the Canelo vs Chavez fight, Sulaiman says that the TV networks in Mexico -- Azteca and Televisa -- are doing more to destroy championship competition than to encourage it. On this note, well, I don't know if he's right, but he does address a very serious issue in getting that fight done: The two of them are major stars and drawing cards for their respective TV networks in Mexico. The networks could do a great number if they did a simulcast, but there's a lot of work involved getting rival TV networks to work together.

On Chavez vs Martinez:

"Martinez asked about Chavez. This I answered months ago and the answer is the same. If not done, the title is vacant."

Yeah, we'll see. Sulaiman also said that Marco Antonio Rubio still exists (he basically confirmed that Rubio is alive, if you missed his cameo on 24/7 this past Saturday) and that he also has a mandatory title shot in line. But wait! I thought he didn't! I thought that fight with Lemieux wasn't a title eliminator after all! Are you telling me that the interim WBC Latino middleweight title is enough? Or that it isn't?

Sulaiman also noted that the WBC makes an annual mandatory. Uh oh!

Bonus Nonsense: Sulaiman wants Juan Manuel Marquez to keep in mind that the fair and honest WBC was not overseeing his November 12 fight with Manny Pacquiao. Tsk, tsk, Juan Manuel. That's what you get when you play around outside Camp Greenbelt.


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