According to numerous rumors, Saul Alvarez might end up facing Ricardo Mayorga on September 15, 2012.
At first, I thought that this had to have been some kind of a joke, an unidentified source spreading false information.
Unfortunately, after spending some time on the internet searching through places known to provide authentic information, it seems as though this is not only true, but is favored by boxing fans.
Alvarez has an impressive record of beating a tremendous number of opponents, and his name has been gaining more and more popularity by the day. At some point in time, Alvarez will hit a brick wall, a record that, despite looking good on paper, will present nothing of historical value to him or the sport of boxing itself.
Beating an older and clearly faded Shane Mosley added absolutely nothing to Saul’s name. He proved that he can last twelve rounds with an over-the-hill, not at all hungry for a win champion.
Now, Alvarez and his team are further risking wasting very valuable time by considering a fight with Mayorga. A useless victory and unnecessary risk is what a fight like that will deliver for team Canelo.
As far as capabilities and promises go, in an interview with BoxingScene.com, Mayorga stated the following:
“I’m going to stop him in five rounds. I will knock Canelo out to win another world title and Present President Daniel Ortega with the belt."
I expected nothing less to come out of Mayorga’s mouth, and once again, this is only the beginning of the "El Matador" show. Promises and threats will fill the media events, and Mayorga will think of many interesting derogatory things to say to the much younger Alvarez.
Of course, most, including myself, would not expect Alvarez to lose to Mayorga. But still, in the sport of boxing, there are no guarantees, and there is no way to prevent the possibility of a lucky shot.
One thing that Mayorga does bring to the table is the incredible marketing ability via his trash talking and obscene outbursts. This fight will sell itself, and I think that this is the only thing that made its way into Alvarez’s head.
The risk outweighs the benefit in this scenario, and unless Mayorga has agreed to fight for practically free, I don’t understand why this fight entices team Alvarez, as well as numerous boxing fans excited about the possibility of this fight taking place.