Canelo Alvarez Sets Terms For Potential Mayweather Rematch
After settling the score with Gennady Golovkin, Canelo Alvarez is moving forward. He is scheduled to make his super middleweight debut on Dec. 15 although there is a growing belief that a potential rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be in the cards.
The last time Alvarez and Mayweather faced off was on Sept. 14, 2013. Mayweather won via majority decision but the Mexican Brawler has since racked 8 wins and a draw. To settle that lone draw, Alvarez won via majority decision over GGG last Sept. 15.
His next fight will be against Rocky Fielding at the Madison Square Garden in a couple of weeks although the 28-year-old pug has hinted of wanting another crack at the undefeated American boxer. The only problem is that his name doesn't seem to be on the list of prospective fighters Mayweather has in mind.
Regardless, that has not stopped the Mexican from tinkering with the possibility of a rematch. However, he stressed that should it happen, it will only be possible at 160 pounds, Boxing Scene said.
“If that fight were to take place, it would have to be at 160 pounds,” said Alvarez who believes he has improved immensely from several years back. That fight was contested at 155 pounds, five pounds below the maximum of 160.
However, there are several factors to consider. Alvarez needs to get on Mayweather's wish list. So far, Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines is the closest as far as authentic boxers are concerned. A potential fight with Japanese kickboxer Nobuyuki Sakakibara remains afloat, a fight that may or may not happen depending on the Flamboyant One, USA Today said.
Second is the age difference. Mayweather is already 42 and the odds of clashing with Alvarez will be different. While he does stay in shape, Floyd Jr. is more likely to analyze his chances and see if he can still unleash the same performance against Alvarez back in 2013.
For now, Alvarez may need to keep on boxing and hope that calls for a rematch against Mayweather gain traction. If he fails to draw interest from the retired boxer, he could use the fans and prove why a second fight makes sense.
Assuming that Mayweather bites, it will be interesting how Alvarez will approach the fight. He has shown improvement in terms of tactics, an important aspect since Mayweather is more than likely to try and frustrate him with his stick-and-move ploy.
Nothing is set for now and a rematch may only make sense if the fans want it. One other factor is the fight purse and revenue from such a clash, something that can further woo the undefeated American boxer.