Canelo says he will fight on September 14, gives PR answer to Juan Manuel Marquez

Josh Hedges

Canelo Alvarez says that he will be fighting on September 14 even if Top Rank tries to schedule a card on the same date. He also gives a nice answer to Juan Manuel Marquez's criticism of him.

Canelo Alvarez is definitely not backing down from getting the September 14 date. In an interview on Boxing Scene Radio, Canelo confirmed that he is going to be fighting on September 14, regardless of whether Top Rank and HBO also attempt to also have a card on the same date.

Here is what Canelo had to say about the idea of competing cards, via Boxing Scene:

"I like challenges and if they (Top Rank) want to do it I look at it as a challenge to motivate me. I feel bad (for the fans) but that is a date we already had. I always fight on Mexican Independence Day," Canelo explained.

I don't think there is any doubt that Canelo and Golden Boy will win this battle. If Top Rank were to put on a show it would likely be Juan Manuel Marquez - Tim Bradley at this stage. Despite coming off the huge win over Manny Pacquiao, Marquez is not going to go head-to-head with Canelo on pay-per-view. It would be suicide. Throw in the idea that Canelo will probably be facing Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto, and it all but seals the deal. Bob Arum has even stated in the past that he would not go against a Floyd Mayweather pay-per-view and, though Canelo is not on Mayweather's level as TV draw, he appears to be on the brink of becoming the next mega power for pay-per-view boxing. I have the feeling Arum will cede the date eventually. And this is not even taking into consideration that cable companies would probably not allow it to happen in the first place.

Canelo also briefly discusses what Marquez had to say about him not being an elite fighter yet because there are, according to Marquez, other guys out there he needs to beat to prove he is great. Canelo's answer to Marquez was pure public relations speak.

"I don't have an opinion on that. I respect everyone and everyone has the right to their own opinion."

Unless something changes, Canelo will probably have the last laugh in September.

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