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What Makes This Fight Interesting?
This is another match that shouldn't need explanation. A matchup between Manny Pacquiao and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez would feature two of the biggest stars in the sport with entertaining styles.
Neither fighter backs down, and both fighters come forward all night. Both also like to let their hands go; this fight would an instant fight of the year candidate.
Power versus speed, size versus movement, one big punch versus lightning-fast combinations—Pacquiao vs. Alvarez would be a must-watch fight.
How Easily Can the Fight Be Made?
It's easier than most would initially think. The natural reaction to the suggestion of this fight is "no chance it happens," but the changing winds surrounding the relationship between Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank Promotions could make it possible.
Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya have publicly said that they want to start working together again, and the signs have begun to show that it may soon be a reality.
First, the fight between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev was an important icebreaker. While neither fighter is with Top Rank, it will feature Golden Boy working with HBO, which had previously banned fighters signed to De La Hoya's promotion.
Now, the news comes that Alvarez is a TV free agent, and talks have already begun between his camp, Golden Boy Promotions and HBO in the lead-up to a potential megafight against Miguel Cotto next year.
Hypothetically, if Alvarez wins that fight, which will mostly likely take place in May or June of 2015, what bigger HBO fight would remain for Alvarez other than a match with Pacquiao?
It makes sense on so many levels. Not that doing things that make sense means anything in boxing.
First, what better way to showcase the repaired relationship between Golden Boy and Top Rank than a match between each promotion's biggest star?
Second, after losing a lopsided victory to Floyd Mayweather in September 2013, I'm sure Alvarez would jump at the chance to avenge that loss in a way by defeating the sport's second biggest star and the only one close to Mayweather's level.
Last but not least, other than Pacquiao vs. Mayweather, no other potential fight would bring in more money at the box office or on pay-per-view than Pacquiao vs. Alvarez.
As far as weight is concerned, Pacquiao has gone past 147 before to fight Antonio Margarito, so I think they could reach an agreement on a catch weight. Don't get hung up on the welterweight against junior middleweight angle; that worry is overrated.
Pacquiao beat up and stopped Cotto, who now fights at middleweight and is likely an upcoming opponent for Alvarez. If Pacquiao can defeat Cotto, Margarito and De La Hoya, who were all bigger men than him, the size of Alvarez shouldn't be a roadblock to making the fight happen.
Not that Pacquiao would get up to 154 pounds, but Alvarez did agree to a catch weight of 152 pounds for his fight against Mayweather, so there is some wiggle room when making the fight.
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