This year, Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez demanded that fights with Austin Trout and Floyd Mayweather be made, and he got his wish both times, leaving with a win over Trout in front of 40,000 fans at the Alamodome, and a loss to Mayweather in the biggest money fight of all-time.
Now, according to a report at BoxingScene.com by Miguel Rivera, Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO) isn't looking to take any steps back, as he's asking Golden Boy to secure bouts in 2014 with Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez. Canelo will return to the ring on March 8, and Golden Boy is putting together three fights for him next year, including bouts in July and November.
The 23-year-old Alvarez may first face Carlos Molina in March, as that appears to be the most likely fight for the moment. Molina holds the IBF junior middleweight title and that would allow Alvarez to take a crack at a belt right away, against a talented but beatable foe.
Cotto (38-4, 31 KO) looked fantastic in an October 5 win over Delvin Rodriuez, which saw him return to HBO and work with Top Rank. Cotto is still technically a free agent, but has stated a desire to finish out his career working with Bob Arum's company. Schaefer has said point blank he will not work with Top Rank to make Canelo-Cotto happen, but that he does plan to speak with Miguel soon. Cotto worked with Golden Boy twice in 2012 for his fights with Mayweather and Trout, both losses for the Puerto rican.
Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO) is still the recognized world middleweight champion and holds the WBC title, but he's got some physical issues at this point and isn't looking to come back until spring, and that's currently looking like it will be another fight in Argentina, and perhaps something more of a tune-up than a big fight. Sergio will turn 39 in February and there are major questions as to what his body's going to allow him to do from this point on, but he does want money fights, and Canelo would be one for later in the year.
Martinez has been a star HBO fighter for a few years now, which could be a problem, since Alvarez is obviously a Showtime guy with Golden Boy.
Will we see either of these fights happen in 2014?