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Canelo to Cotto: Puerto Ricans and Mexicans don't duck each other

Canelo Alvarez is doing his best to goad Miguel Cotto into a fight, though Cotto has seemed reluctant recently.

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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 isn't sure what's going on, but he feels he's already made enough concessions to make a much-anticipated fight with Miguel Cotto happen this spring. But with Cotto "mulling his options," Alvarez is breaking out the challenge talk:

"A Puerto Rican never ducked a Mexican fighter. Nor did a Mexican ever duck a Puerto Rican fighter. This is a classic fight for the fans. I talked with my promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, and he confirmed to me that I'm fighting on May 2, 2015," said Alvarez.

"Miguel Cotto is at the top of my list, and I had a lot of options. But I'm considerate of all the fans in the world. I know the fans want me to fight someone big like Miguel Cotto, especially the fans in Puerto Rico."

Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO) hasn't fought since a July win over Erislandy Lara, as he had a planned December 6 fight with Joshua Clottey canceled due to injury. Cotto (39-4, 32 KO) last fought in June, beating Sergio Martinez to win the lineal middleweight championship.

This is a fight that people want to see, and will be a serious moneymaker. But there is the belief that Cotto may have a rematch opportunity with Floyd Mayweather for May 2, as Floyd doesn't have many interesting options without a Manny Pacquiao fight, which doesn't seem likely to come together for May. With Cotto, Floyd could potentially fight for the middleweight championship, and the fight is still a money matchup, as both have serious fan bases, and Cotto is seen as having seriously challenged Mayweather in 2012.

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