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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: Canelo, Cotto and Margarito on the Wish List

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr wants a big fight in 2012.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr wants a big fight in 2012. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Take it with a grain of salt if you so desire, but WBC middleweight titlist (argh) Julio Cesar Chavez Jr says that three big names are on his wish list, but that Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is the fight he wants next:

"I think that I would like to fight Alvarez first, for the Mexican people," said Chavez Jr. "If not, then Cotto or Margarito. That would be big."

Chavez also says that he'd like to have the fights at 160 pounds with his belt on the line, but that he'd be willing to take a catchweight fight. I'm not sure if he thinks that a catchweight would keep his title from being on the line, but it wouldn't.

I really do think there's a good chance that Chavez vs Alvarez happens. Like I've said before, it's essentially no-lose for everyone. They're two very big names in Mexican boxing, have a long time ahead of them in the sport, and I don't think a loss hurts either man's marketability. And if they have a really good fight -- which is actually quite likely when you look at the style matchup, I believe -- then they just get more popular.

Chavez faces Peter Manfredo Jr on November 19, while Alvarez takes on Kermit Cintron on November 26. Should they both win, Top Rank (Chavez) and Golden Boy (Alvarez) sound legitimately interested in exploring the fight.

As for Cotto and Margarito, I do believe those fights could also happen. Cotto vs Chavez nearly happened last December, and I doubt Margarito would balk at a Chavez fight if it came up. Cotto and Margarito, of course, face one another on December 3.

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