Canelo Alvarez's Next Fight: Breaking Down Top Opponents

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Canelo Alvarez's Next Fight: Breaking Down Top Opponents
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Saul "Canelo" Alvarez cemented his return to the A-side of boxing's star spectrum on Saturday night in Las Vegas, topping rival Erislandy Lara by split decision in a pay-per-view main event at the MGM Grand.

And while Lara predictably disagreed with the result, claiming to Showtime's Jim Gray that he "100 percent" thought he'd won the fight, the win will likely do nothing but raise the profile of the reigning Mexican heartthrob who had already proved his PPV chops alongside Floyd Mayweather Jr. last September.

Alvarez is 44-1-1 in a career that stretches back to when he was a 15-year-old fighting for 100 pesos per round (as he said in an All-Access episode before the fight), and he seems poised to either continue to rack up big-name or championship-level opponents at 154 pounds or head up one ladder rung to fight at middleweight.

What's not likely in his near future is a rematch with Lara, whom he dismissed as a wannabe marathoner during his own post-fight interview with Gray, claiming he'd meet Lara again "when he learns how to fight. That's when I'll give him a rematch."

Given that reality, we took a look at other options and put together a list of the five most likely to be alongside him when he returns to the ring later this year.

Take a look, and as always, hit us up with your opinions in the comments.

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