Canelo Alvarez, who faces Shane Mosley in the main undercard bout of the Mayweather vs Cotto show on May 5, says he has an agreement in place to face the winner of the main event, but that he doesn't expect it will happen until 2013.
"The condition to fight in a preliminary [position to] Mayweather - is that I would face whoever wins. If Mayweather wins, [the fight] won't happen until next year because he only fights once per year and he has to go to jail for three months, so it wouldn't happen until 2013," Canelo said.
"I placed that condition in and I have every intention to follow through on this. I initially didn't want appear as a co-star. I preferred to fight on another day and another place. I was told that Mayweather also wants to fight with me and that I would be next, so we agreed to [be the co-feature]."
So let me put this in bold, underlined, and italicized letters so we all get this over with right now:
FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR AND MANNY PACQUIAO ARE NOT GOING TO FIGHT IN NOVEMBER. PLEASE REMEMBER THIS FOR THE COMING MONTHS. NOBODY IS REALLY PLANNING ON THAT FIGHT HAPPENING.
OK, with that out of the way, a couple things about this:
- I'm certain it's true. I just don't know why it wouldn't be, especially if it's not mandated that it must happen this year.
- Clearly, Floyd Mayweather plans to fight once this year, against Miguel Cotto on May 5. He's busy after that and likes to rest between his fights anyway.
- Obviously, everyone is planning on Mayweather winning, since Alvarez doesn't seem that concerned about facing Cotto.
It's not a bad idea, either. I mean, why not? He's a big star, he's a good fighter, and obviously he has to keep winning if he's going to get the fight -- I mean, surely that's part of the deal, too.
So if he beats Mosley and Mayweather beats Cotto (the two expected outcomes on May 5), then maybe we'll get Mayweather vs Canelo in May 2013. It seems right.
In a perfect world, if those two results do come to pass, I really would still like to see Canelo fight Cotto next. There will still be money in that. Or, you know, some other legit guy at 154. The Kirkland-Molina winner, Austin Trout, someone else. Just not Jose Luis Castillo or Sergio Mora on Mexican Independence weekend.