Floyd Mayweather and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez each scored big victories on Saturday, May 5, with Mayweather earning a tough win against Miguel Cotto, and Canelo cruising past a badly faded Shane Mosley.
It was no coincidence, of course, that the two men shared the bill. It's a classic indicator that the big name winners from each bout could be preparing to face one another in the near future.
Indeed, during the pay-per-view telecast, the topic of a Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez fight was mentioned quite frequently. Mayweather vs. Alvarez would be a fun fight, and it would sell, generating huge sums of cash for both men.
For Mayweather, it's a wonderful opportunity to score a high quality win over a young, undefeated star. However, it's in the best interests of Alvarez and his future in the sport to delay a potential fight against the pound for pound kingpin for at least another year, if not longer.
It's clear that he's simply not ready for Mayweather yet, and in fairness, there aren't many fighters who are. However, I believe that Mayweather would unleash a beating on Alvarez which could permanently derail his career progress.
Even if the public gets over it, and even if Canelo physically rebounds, his confidence and self belief may never be the same again. I think that if these two fight this year, after Mayweather gets out of jail, Mayweather would ruin Canelo, who won't even be turning 22 until this July.
The more time that passes before these two meet, the more time that Canelo has to physically mature, and round out his skill set. Meanwhile, Mayweather, who's already 35, will only be getting older and slower, and more susceptible to the physical challenges that a prime Canelo would bring to the table.
Of course, Canelo has no shortage of lucrative fight options. There's always the potential of a clash against fellow undefeated Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and he could continue piling up title defenses against junior middleweight challengers - Carlos Molina sticks out to me as a wonderful potential opponent.
Canelo could also opt to face Cotto next. Canelo vs. Cotto would be a high profile match with plenty of excitement, and it would be the latest installment of Puerto Rico's boxing rivalry with Mexico. The winner would then be in good position to take a run at the top in 2013 - with Cotto seeking rematches against Manny Pacquiao or Mayweather, and Canelo looking to take his first shot against either man.
Just don't make Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez this fall. I'd love to see the fight, but I'm wary of the consequences for Canelo, who should have a bright future as a longtime star once the Mayweathers, Pacquiaos and Cottos have all hung up their gloves for good.
Sources: HBO PPV, Boxrec.com, ESPN.com/Boxing
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