During an interview following Canelo Alvarez's split decision win over Erislandy Lara, promoter Oscar De La Hoya mentioned to Sports Illustrated reporter Chris Mannix that Gennady Golovkin (29-(26)-0) might be next in line for Canelo.
Oscar De La Hoya drops a fascinating name for Canelo's next: Gennady Golovkin. "GGG is a dangerous fighter. That's what Canelo is about."— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) July 13, 2014
Also on the list of future opponents for Canelo are James Kirkland (32(28)-1(1)) and Miguel Cotto (39(32)-4(2)).
De La Hoya said Canelo will be back in November. GGG, Cotto, James Kirkland are on his list of future opponents.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) July 13, 2014
It's more likely that Canelo will fight Kirkland or Cotto next than Golovkin. Kirkland or Cotto are more win-able fights for Canelo than Golovkin because Golovkin is a true middleweight while Kirkland, like Canelo, has fought most of his career as a junior middleweight. Cotto has only been at middleweight for one fight, albeit that one fight was against the Middleweight Champion of the World, and Cotto won. Also, Kirkland and especially Cotto are currently bigger draws than Golovkin.
"Kirkland is a great opponent. Canelo has always asked to fight the best and I think it would be a good fight for recognition, before climbing into the ring with Cotto, probably in May. It seems that's how things are being planned," Reynoso said.
There you have it. Canelo's people will try to make Canelo vs. Kirkland happen later this year, and then Canelo vs. Cotto in May 2015. Oscar throwing Golovkin's name into the mix is exciting, but that's like me saying that Adriana Lima is on my list of women to date next. It's not going to happen, though there is a far better chance of Canelo vs. GGG happening somewhere down the line than me dating Adriana Lima. What do you think about Canelo vs. Kirkland, Canelo vs. Cotto, and Canelo vs. Golovkin?