Canelo Alvarez had some interesting words during a recent media session this week. The two-division world champion said we would love to fight newly-elected Philippine senator Manny Pacquiao in the near future.
Pacquiao will return to the ring on Nov. 5 to face WBO welterweight titleholder Jessie Vargas. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum went on record saying that Pacquiao will have two more bouts in 2017, if the Vargas fight produces a favorable result.
The Filipino boxing legend might have room in his hectic schedule for Alvarez. Meanwhile, the Mexican sensation clarified that while a showdown with Pacquiao will be one for the ages, his attention is currently fixed on WBO light middleweight champion Liam Smith.
“I would love to fight Manny Pacquiao but that’s looking ahead and disrespectful to Liam Smith,” Alvarez told World Boxing News. “Liam Smith is a world champion and a very tough fighter. He’s a tough guy and I’m challenging him. He’s the champion and a worthy one.”
With regards to Gennady Golovkin, Alvarez has not been thrilled about the idea of fighting the undefeated and undisputed middleweight kingpin. Alvarez has twice dodged a potential fight with GGG. He even relinquished his WBC middleweight belt to avoid a mandatory bout against the Kazakh boxer.
Golden Boy Promotions boss Oscar De La Hoya foiled critics by saying that Alvarez and Golovkin are currently in different weight divisions. The former simply needs more time and matches to gradually climb up in weight.
“Canelo knows his body. His trainers know his body, and the bottom line is Canelo is a 154-pound fighter,” said De La Hoya, via Boxing News Online. “The fact that he fought at 155, people expect him to go up and fight at middleweight, and that’s not the case. He’s a 154-pounder and he’s going to go up to 160 when his body feels ready.”
As of the moment, there is a verbal agreement between the Alvarez and Golovkin camps that the two will square off in September 2017. That’s more than a year from now. Alvarez could perhaps fight Pacquiao early next year, then steadily regain his middleweight bearings just in time for his highly-anticipated showdown with GGG.
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