Canelo Alvarez will return May 4 on Mayweather PPV, HBO and Showtime vying for card

Josh Hedges

Canelo Alvarez will be back on May 4 as part of Floyd Mayweather's next event, as has been the plan, but it's still not known whether HBO or Showtime will secure the rights to the event.

Canelo Alvarez is going to be back on May 4, according to Steve Kim, who spoke with Richard Schaefer about it, and one of the reasons the card has been so hard to finalize, Kim also reports, is that both HBO and Showtime are expressing strong interest in carrying the event.

Mayweather (43-0, 26 KO) has been with HBO pretty much his entire career, and all of his biggest fights have been with the network, which has long been established as the No. 1 boxing channel in the United States. But under former Golden Boy lawyer Stephen Espinoza's direction, Showtime has started to make some inroads, securing a number of Golden Boy's bigger stars as Showtime fighters, including Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO), who made his Showtime debut last September, Amir Khan, Danny Garcia, and others.

If Showtime were able to beat out HBO for a Mayweather and Canelo pay-per-view card, the war between the two networks would officially be on, one would think, as Mayweather is the biggest pay-per-view star in the industry, and Alvarez is arguably the fastest-rising attraction in the sport.

There's been no word on an opponent for Alvarez, but most fight fans are still crossing their fingers and hoping that WBA titlist Austin Trout will get the call. Schaefer has expressed some real disinterest in actually making that fight, but Canelo needs a credible opponent, particularly if he's going to face Mayweather later this year, and there aren't a ton of major threats at 154 pounds who also have some name value. With Trout beating Miguel Cotto in December, he's as hot as anyone in the division.

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