Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez won’t go any lower than middleweight if former opponent Floyd Mayweather comes calling again.
Mayweather is on the comeback trail with fights against Tenshin Nasukawa and Manny Pacquiao lined for 2019.
It’s not completely out of the realms of possibility that Canelo could become a target. Provided the former pound for pound king wins his next two contests.
Canelo has taken over from Mayweather at the forefront of the sport and is open to a rematch with the five-weight world title holder.
Mayweather defeated Canelo back in 2013 when the 28 year-old was still learning his trade at the pinnacle of the sport.
The opportunity for revenge could prove too much to pass up, although Canelo’s weight demands would prove a problem.
“I can’t go down further than 160 pounds. If that fight (Mayweather) were to take place, it would have to be at 160 pounds,” said Canelo on a recent conference call ahead of his clash with Rocky Fielding.
“I’m a more complete fighter now. I would be much more competitive. I have a lot more experience. I have improved a lot, so it would be different.
“It was experience who defeated me that night and that’s why it was a boring fight, as well. Because he didn’t do too much to me, either. It was experience and I’m a much more mature fighter. I’m a better fighter than the fighter that fought that night.
“It would be very different. After Mayweather, we’ve faced very good fighters. We fought Miguel Cotto, GGG twice.
“It will be different, and he’s a more complete fighter now with more experience. If this fight were to happen again, we would defeat him, no problem.”
Mayweather would be unlikely to compete anywhere above 154 pounds, leaving Canelo free to pursue his dream of winning and potentially defending another weight world title.
That chance comes against Fielding this weekend. Canelo is fully focused on the task at hand.
“It’s very important to be in that list of about ten Mexicans to become three-division world champions. So very important to enter history.
“That’s why I’m here taking on this important fight, and it’s important that we win this title,” he added.