Floyd Mayweather’s recent announcement of a May 4 return to the ring could now mean that Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez gets his wish to challenge for the pound for pound crown in the coming year.
WBA light-middleweight champion Mayweather, through his advisor Leonard Ellerbe, has already named his next outing ‘Cino de Mayweather’ – a slant on the Mexican holiday ‘Cinco de Mayo’ and with Alvarez the current superstar of Mexican boxing, it seems a no brainer.
Jalisco-born ‘Canelo’ currently holds the WBC version at 154lbs and has been eager to face the sport’s figurehead for some time after racking up an impressive 42-fight unbeaten record at the age of just 22.
There is now a strong possibility that the unification bout could become a reality for the young pretender as both fighters have strong ties to Golden Boy, meaning the fight would be relatively straightforward to make.
The only other option that seems open to ‘Money’ is a switch back down to welterweight where mandatory challenger Robert Guerrero awaits for his chance after retaining the interim title to Floyd’s WBC belt against Andre Berto last month.
A clash with ‘The Ghost’ could easily be worked into the Mexican theme as for Guerrero’s Hispanic roots, although a two-belt battle with Alvarez looks the more lucrative offering for Mayweather and would certainly capture the world’s imagination.