Current WBC junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is hoping for a huge 2013, expressing that he wants to fight Miguel Cotto and pound-for-pound best, Floyd Mayweather Jr. according to EastsideBoxing.com.
Golden Boy advisor Don Chargin told Eastside Boxing:
“If 'Canelo' has his way, he will fight Floyd Mayweather on May 4 of next year. That’s what his team wants and that’s the fight that he has wanted for the last eight months. 'Canelo' wants Mayweather first and Miguel Cotto second in 2013. Those are the two fighters that he really wants next year.”
Despite "Canelo's" wishes, Chargin said that if he had it his way he wouldn't want Alvarez (41-0, 30 KOs) facing Mayweather or Cotto for another year, as the 22-year-old fighter could benefit from the added time in the ring.
At this point in "Canelo's" career, he has the skill set to give anyone a real fight in the ring, but Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) and Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) are two of the sport's best fighters of the last decade and Alvarez may be biting off more than he can chew trying to fight both of them in 2013.
As noted in the Eastsideboxing.com piece, the winner of the November 10 clash between Erislandy Lara (17-1-1, 11 KOs) and Vanes Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KOs) is who many in the boxing world feel should fight "Canelo" next.
Fighting the winner of the Lara-Martirosyan bout would be the wide decision on Alvarez's part, as it would be one more tune-up bout against a high-caliber opponent before taking on two of the best boxing has to offer in Mayweather and Cotto.
So even pushing a possible Mayweather bout to next May and opting to fight the winner of Lara-Martirosyan this spring and still facing Cotto in the second half of 2013 would be a wiser plan for "Canelo".
No matter which way Alvarez's possible 2013 unfolds, his star will continue to rise and he will cement himself as one of the P4P best fighters in the world today.