Canelo Alvarez says he won't fight again in December, as had been previously rumored, but instead will wait for Cinco De Mayo weekend next May, and he's ordered Golden Boy Promotions to make a big fight with Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, or Sergio Martinez.
"Yesterday, we had a meeting with the people at Golden Boy Promotions, and we agreed to fight on May 5, and it's going to be against Maravilla Martinez, Miguel Cotto or Floyd Mayweather... They know, without a doubt, that I want one of those three names. I'm ready for those guys, and that's it."
Canelo would be fighting on May 4, 2013, the Saturday night of that weekend, and any of those fights would be very big business indeed.
Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO) is coming off of a one-sided beatdown of Josesito Lopez on September 15, when he made his Showtime debut to the network's highest Nielsen-tracked viewership ever, and sold out the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, to boot. There's no denying his star power, and he'd be a seriously desirable opponent for any of those fighters.
Cotto (who faces Austin Trout on December 1) and Martinez have both expressed a desire to face Canelo next year. Mayweather has not, but when it comes to future opponents, Floyd never says anything until he's got a fight signed, so that's not unusual.
This is what people want to see. Though Alvarez is young, he's clearly very good, and he says he's ready for this sort of step, which would take him into the ring with a truly elite fighter, no matter the choice. It would seem that Cotto would be the lead candidate. He's been working with Golden Boy, and we know he wants the fight. It's big money for the both and would be a big PPV show. But if Floyd does want it, it would be hard to pass that up. Floyd-Canelo would be a huge money fight -- I mean, really huge.
We'll see what shakes out. There's a long time between now and May, and a lot of things could change. Martinez is having surgery on his right knee, for starters, and Cotto still has to beat Trout, and nobody really knows what Floyd wants to do right now.