It was interesting to see Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez sitting next to Oscar De La Hoya as he watched this weekend’s bout between Victor Ortiz and Josesito Lopez at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Ortiz was not putting on a big performance, and Alvarez had to, quite frankly, LOVE his chances in September when he was to face Ortiz. Until Lopez cracked Ortiz in the jaw and ended the fight, which is when ‘Canelo’ had to think ‘what the hell do we do now?’
One of the things that this might do for Alvarez, if his handlers are willing, is that it opens the possibility for a mega fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr at the end of the year or the start of 2013.
Mayweather will be out of jail, and really does not have a ready made opponent now that Pacquiao appears to be out of the mix.
So here is the question – does ‘Canelo’ take a fight in September and then zero in on Mayweather? Or should he sit out September and bank on getting Mayweather next?
It is a hard question. The bottom line is that ‘Canelo’ is controlled by Golden Boy Productions, and Mayweather has been able to work with them before. The fight is do-able in a business sense.
Did team Alvarez take anything from Ortiz’ match, where things went wrong and he threw away a future big payday, and how will that work into their decision making for any replacements they schedule for September?
Austin Trout, undefeated at 25-0 may be the best option. Erislandy Lara is also rated in the top 10, and is calling ‘Canelo’ out already.
But Alvarez is already in the big money, and this could go two ways. Either they stick him in the ring against a warm body in September as he works to stay undefeated and earn the Mayweather shot, or he fights Lara or Trout, both f who are not big draws but could turn into tough fights.