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Mayweather-Pacquiao or Cotto-Canelo: Who deserves the May 2 date?

Will Floyd Mayweather keep his May 2 date, or will Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto take it by force? And should Floyd be looking to keep it anyway?

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Cinco De Mayo weekend is one of two regular big boxing Saturdays in the United States, and in recent years, Floyd Mayweather has ruled the weekend, dating back to his 2007 fight with Oscar De La Hoya. But though Mayweather has said he intends to fight next on May 2, former foe Canelo Alvarez is adamant about "taking back" the date for Mexican boxing, with a possible fight against Miguel Cotto.

Here are the Cinco De Mayo Saturday fights dating back to 2007:

  • 2007: Oscar De La Hoya vs Floyd Mayweather
  • 2008: Oscar De La Hoya vs Steve Forbes
  • 2009: Manny Pacquiao vs Ricky Hatton
  • 2010: Floyd Mayweather vs Shane Mosley
  • 2011: Manny Pacquiao vs Shane Mosley
  • 2012: Floyd Mayweather vs Miguel Cotto
  • 2013: Floyd Mayweather vs Robert Guerrero
  • 2014: Floyd Mayweather vs Marcos Maidana

Of that entire group of main event fighters, none were born in Mexico, though De La Hoya p Guerrero are Mexican-American. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said recently that Mayweather should "give back" the date, but he also had no problem promoting Pacquiao-Hatton and Pacquiao-Mosley on those weekends, either, so it's probably just mostly that he'd rather disagree with Floyd Mayweather's stance on the matter than it is any actual moral issue or whatever that Arum really feels deep down in his guts.

That said, there are apparently two potentially big fights that want the date. Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao can take whatever date it wants, but the idea of that fight being ready to go in four months is probably wishful thinking at best, ludicrous most realistically. Canelo vs Cotto, on the other hand, may be all but a done deal at this point, as that fight has been in discussion for a while now, and neither of the sides' handlers or promoters have any issues working together.

But if both fights are able to be made, should Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao move aside and let Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto take the date? Would it even possibly make more sense for Mayweather and Manny to give it some more time for an enormous promotional blitz?

And if Floyd Mayweather does not fight Manny Pacquiao, should he really try and muscle what would almost certainly be a better fight off of the date, when he could go a month early or a month later against Amir Khan or whatever, and not actually hurt his fight's stock any?

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