Saul "Canelo" Alvarez can't seem to catch a break. Several high-profile fights fell through for the emerging Mexican star in 2012 and forced him to take on less-than-stellar opposition.
First Paul Williams tragically saw his career end in a motorcycle accident. Then James Kirkland didn't like the financial terms of the fight. Next Victor Ortiz had his jaw broken by Josesito Lopez, who, despite being drastically undersized, flipped the win into his own fight with Alvarez. Lastly Miguel Cotto was dominated and defeated by Austin Trout in one of the upsets of the year.
It's almost as if being associated with Alvarez has become a curse for both him and his potential opponents.
Despite the near-shutout loss, Miguel Cotto has still been prominently mentioned as an opponent for Alvarez in the spring.
Short of Floyd Mayweather, this is certainly the biggest money fight but not the most significant or even challenging.
The following five opponents may not be as sexy or have the name recognition of Cotto, but they are both better fights and bigger challenges.