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Canelo Alvarez to return on March 8, fight three times in 2014

Canelo Alvarez isn't going to spend too much time licking his wounds after his first career loss, as Richard Schaefer has a three-fight plan for the Mexican superstar in 2014, starting in March.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Canelo Alvarez lost big to Floyd Mayweather in the year's most massive event on September 14, but the 23-year-old superstar isn't going to sit on the sidelines and mope for too long. After meeting with Richard Schaefer, Alvarez is already set to return to the ring on March 8, and will fight three times in 2014, according to

The other two dates will be July 26 and November 22, and Schaefer is planning to spread those fights out to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Antonio, which appears to be a targeted new fight hub for Golden Boy Promotions.

Schaefer plans to sit down with Miguel Cotto, who is technically still a free agent even though Cotto has stated a preference to finish his career working with (not for, but with) Top Rank. Cotto may be able to be swayed by the money of a Canelo fight, but what he wants to do with his career from here is not entirely clear.

Another possibility (and probably the front-runner) is IBF junior middleweight titleholder Carlos Molina, who could be a really tough opponent for Alvarez's first fight back. Molina is a crafty, frustrating, and skilled fighter. If Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO) came in with a little bit of doubt, Molina (22-5-2, 6 KO) is the sort of fighter that could get into his head, though it's unlikely Molina would get a decision over Canelo if we're being honest, and Molina can't punch, so he's not going to stop him.

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