Canelo Alvarez was recently embroiled in a lengthy court battle due to a previous contract dispute. Now that the case has been settled, Canelo is reportedly seeking the biggest possible purse to pay for the steep judgement cost. There have been persistent rumors suggesting Canelo may choose to fight Manny Pacquiao later this year.
Pacquiao announced his retirement in April, following his unanimous decision win against American fighter Timothy Bradley. Despite his age and recent loss to Floyd Mayweather, the former eight-division world champion remains to be a big draw. A fight between him and Canelo will get a lot of attention, not to mention a lucrative payday for both boxers.
Making a case for the potential showdown, BoxingScene reported that Canelo is scheduled to fight on September 17, which falls on Mexico’s Independence Day weekend. Based purely on hype, there’s no better opponent for Canelo to go up against that day than the man they call “The Mexican Destroyer.”
During his heyday, Pacquiao defeated Mexico’s best fighters like Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales, Antonio Margarito and Marco Antonio Barrera. However, the chances of him ever fighting Canelo is still sketchy at this point.
Pacquiao has fought as a welterweight over the past several years. Canelo, meanwhile, is a natural junior middleweight. Both fighters should agree to a catch-weight for the fight to happen. Pacquiao’s long-time ally and trainer Freddie Roach told Tha Boxing Voice that while the Filipino boxer’s heart and bravery is not to be questioned, he’s “just too small” for Canelo.
For his part, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum dismissed the rumors by saying that Golden Boy Promotions have not contacted him for a possible Manny Pacquiao vs. Canelo Alvarez fight. He believes Canelo has already picked his next opponent in the person of British boxer Liam Smith.