COMMENTARY | In case there was any doubt that Floyd Mayweather is already making plans for the second half of 2013, members of Saul Alvarez's team are confirming that the five-division world champ has set aside a September date for their fighter.
Alvarez's trainer, "Chepo" Reynoso recently revealed to what extent these plans are already in motion:
"[Vice President] Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions came to Guadalajara and we agreed that Saul and Floyd would share the evening in May. We already reached a financial agreement [for May], and a guarantee that we will face [Mayweather] in September in Las Vegas," Reynoso told Notifight.com/Boxingscene. "We believe that it is time for Canelo to show what he is made of."
The proposed Mayweather-Alvarez clash would jettison the 22-year-old WBC junior middleweight champ, who will be 23 by the proposed September 14 fight date, into a completely different atmosphere in terms of level of opposition.
Alvarez, whose career high-spots have come against names such as Ryan Rhodes, Josesito Lopez, and Kermit Cintron, could very well be in over his head against Mayweather, but given that the money is right and the opportunity is of the once-in-a-lifetime variety, taking the fight is a no-brainer.
Really, it's not like the young fighter even has to win in order to come out ahead. Alvarez will likely be a major underdog by fight night and very few people will be expecting the red-headed world titlist to beat the future hall of famer. For Canelo, just sharing the main stage with Mayweather is a major career boost. And, as long he accounts for himself well enough and doesn't turn in an embarrassingly awful performance, his star will rise. A win, however, would make Alvarez an instant superstar and the undisputed heir to the mythical "Gran Campeon Mexicano" title passed down from Ruben Olivares to Salvador Sanchez to Julio Cesar Chavez.
For Mayweather, the proposed Canelo Alvarez bout is the most logical next move to make. No other possible opponent is as big a draw as Alvarez and, stylistically, the bout could very well turn out to be the easiest big ticket fight out there.
But Mayweather will be 36 on February 24 and he will be entering the ring against a supremely motivated undefeated fighter, who just happens to be thirteen years his junior. While Mayweather will be likely to win, no ride lasts forever and, sooner or later, all of the greats fall to younger, hungrier fighters looking to make a name for themselves. It wouldn't be wise to bet against "Money," but at the same time, it shouldn't surprise anyone if Alvarez handles himself quite well.
First, though, both fighters will be sharing a bill on May 4 in hopes of further promoting the September date. Nothing is official for either fighter, but Mayweather is strongly rumored to be facing WBC interim welterweight champ, Robert Guerrero in the main event while Alvarez may or may not be taking on WBA junior middleweight titlist, Austin Trout. Both fights are solid enough contests and neither should be seen as an easy, slam-dunk win, especially if Trout gets the nod for Alvarez.
Then, if all plays out according to Golden Boy plan, Mayweather and Alvarez will face one another on September 14 in a sure-fire blockbuster.
Critics will find a way to blast Mayweather-Alvarez if it comes to be a reality, but it's, really, the only logical and signable pay-per-view headliner out there for both fighters. In a perfect would, we'd see Mayweather-Pacquiao and Alvarez against someone like James Kirkland or Cornelius Bundrage, but the world of big-time prizefighting is hardly a perfect one. Mayweather-Alvarez is the best we're going to get and, honestly, it's not all that bad.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and as Editor-in-Chief of The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing. For breaking news, additional analysis, and assorted crazy commentary, follow him on Facebook, @TheBoxingTribune or on Twitter, @BoxingBTBC.
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