Jose Reynoso, the manager of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, is hoping his fighter lands a bout with Ricardo Mayorga next. Alvarez is tentatively set to return on September 17 in Mexico, perhaps sharing the pay-per-view bill with Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Victor Ortiz in a split site format.
Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KO) scored a dominant win over Ryan Rhodes on Saturday night, and Mayorga has been a rumored opponent since Alvarez beat Matthew Hatton in March.
I don't mind the idea as a fight -- it will have action and given Mayorga's lack of defense, should be exciting and be fun to watch. But it's not competitive. Mayorga (29-8-1, 23 KO) hasn't beaten a major contender fighter since his rematch win over Vernon Forrest in 2003. He's definitely fought top guys since then, but he's been stopped by Tito Trinidad, Oscar de la Hoya, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto. He can still talk, but it's been years since anyone has really taken him seriously, and no matter how many "maricons" he threatens to kill, fact is he gets pummeled against his best opponents.
If there weren't better fights out there for Alvarez, I think I'd be more on board with this, maybe even truly like it. But all I see is an "entertaining" blowout in the cards if it does happen, and it's the fight I expect will happen. Mayorga is running out of veteran names to fight on major TV, so he's probably going to have to step into this role next at age 37.
But that's just my take on it. How about yours? Buy or sell this fight?