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Alfredo Angulo is tough, but is this a PPV-worthy contest?
It's a rather ambitious, and risky, move on the part of Showtime to place the Alvarez-Angulo tilt on pay-per-view rather than network television. Canelo has yet to show the ability to carry a pay broadcast on his own, and we still don't know how much his star has been damaged by his washout against Mayweather.
It would seem that the safer, and more fan-friendly, course of action, would've been to place Canelo in this bout on network television, and then bump him up to a pay-per-view headlining slot in a more important fight later in the year.
But those decisions, unfortunately, are out of our hands, and all fans can do is sit there and vote with their dollars by deciding whether or not to buy.
Canelo vs. Angulo has all the makings of a tremendous action fight. Both guys are Mexican warriors, both can punch and both seem to have a serious dislike of the other. The storylines really write themselves. But is "Perro" really a PPV-worthy opponent? And will the public shell out upward of $60 for the right to watch?
He sure is a helluva lot better than one of the other names bandied around as a potential PPV foe for Alvarez. Carlos Molina may hold a share of the junior middleweight crown, but his style is, well, tricky is a nice way to put it, and he'd bring nothing to the table in terms of selling a bout.
So by that measure at least, Canelo vs. Angulo looks something like Gatti vs. Ward.
Also, there is speculation that Showtime, as they're apt to do, is working on finalizing a stacked undercard.
It could well include a title defense by lower weight dynamo Leo Santa Cruz against former champion Cristian Mijares, and Canelo's little brother Ricardo Alvarez taking on Omar Figueroa.
Will that be enough to draw in people outside the mainstream?
That's one question that remains to be seen.