'Canelo' likes idea of Pacquiao fight

Posted at 06/05/14 9:44 PM

But Alvarez won’t accept catch weight fight

MANILA – Rising Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez said he likes the idea of taking on Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao in a superfight.

In an interview with Boxing Scene’s Luis Sandoval, the red-headed Mexican said he’ll be ready to fight Pacquiao if the opportunity presents itself.

“I think it’s a fight that could probably happen. They are fighters that are in their moment and if that fight happens, we’re ready,” said Alvarez.

The biggest impediment in making the fight though is the weight issue.

The last time Canelo fought as a welterweight was in 2010 when he was still 19 years old. Now at 23, the 5’9” Mexican regularly campaigns as a junior middleweight.

Alvarez also made it clear that he won’t accept a catchweight fight like he did against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year. That bout saw him losing his WBC and RING Magazine titles after he agreed to take on Floyd at a 152-pound catchweight.

“Those days are over. I don’t fight outside my weight class. That’s the first thing I learned in my fight with Floyd. I don’t fight outside my weight. If they want to fight at 154 then we can move forward and if not, I’ll continue with my career,” Alvarez said.

Boxing coach Freddie Roach said that in order to make the Pacquiao-Alvarez fight, they will have to require the Mexican to go down to 150 pounds.

He said in a separate Boxing Scene report that Canelo would be too big for Pacquiao at 152 pounds.

"I think 152-pounds is too much for Manny. If he [Canelo] manages to [get down to] 150-pounds it would be much better. But first let's see what happen. We've had no offers [on that fight]," Roach told Salvador Rodriguez.

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