'Canelo' to fight Mayweather-Cotto winner?
MANILA, Philippines – Mexican boxing prodigy Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has been promised a fight with the winner of the upcoming bout between undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto, scheduled for May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Alvarez is set to fight former champion Shane Mosley on the same card as a “co-feature.”
According to a Boxing Scene report, Alvarez only accepted the co-feature position in exchange for a shot at the winner of the main event bout.
“The condition to fight in a preliminary position to Mayweather is that I would face whoever wins,” Alvarez revealed.
The undefeated Mexican boxer is expecting the winner of the bout to be Mayweather.
“If Mayweather wins, the fight won’t happen until next year, because he only fights once per year and he has to go to jail for three months,” he said. “So it won’t happen until 2013.”
Alvarez admitted that he “initially didn’t want to appear as a co-star.”
“I preferred to fight on another day and another place. I was told that Mayweather also wants to fight with me and that I would be next, so we agreed,” he said.
Alvarez was rumored to be Mayweather’s next opponent before the American boxer opted to chase a bout against Cotto, saying that “Canelo” did not have enough experience to fight him yet.
But Alvarez’s statement contradicts that of Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar de la Hoya.
In a separate Boxing Scene interview, de la Hoya said Mayweather is still hoping to fight Pacquiao later in 2012.
“Hopefully we can nail down the Pacquiao fight real soon,” he said.
Golden Boy promotes both Mayweather and Alvarez.