Analyst: Canelo may be too big for Pacquiao

Posted at 06/09/14 7:27 PM

Longtime HBO analyst Harold Lederman is not completely ruling out a possible match-up between Manny Pacquiao and Mexican prodigy Saul Alvarez, but he does wonder if "Canelo" is simply too big for the "Pacman."

Alvarez fights at light-middleweight (154 pounds), while Pacquiao campaigns at welterweight (147-pounds) but is thinking of moving back to light-welterweight (140-pounds).

“I’d love to see Canelo fight Manny, but I think maybe Canelo’s a little too big,” Lederman said in a Boxing Scene interview.

He did note that it is not completely out of the question, as Canelo memorably fought – and lost – to American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year.

“Then again, I said the same thing when (Canelo) fought Mayweather,” Lederman said. “I thought he was too big for Floyd.”

Alvarez did have a huge size advantage of Mayweather, but the American proved to be too fast and too skilled for the young Mexican.

Lederman doesn’t think it’s possible for Alvarez to go down in weight to fight Pacquiao, however.

“You look at him, and you see Canelo’s at least a 154-pounder. He can’t go below 154. There’s no way he’s going to come down to 152 to fight Manny,” said Lederman.

“You know, they can’t make a catchweight. Canelo’s really a 154-pounder,” he added.

Instead, Lederman is looking forward to watching Alvarez fight Erislandy Lara in July, and hopes that Pacquiao will face off against the unbeaten Keith Thurman in the future.

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