Though Victor Ortiz's welterweight title defense against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is certainly the main attraction Saturday on HBO PPV, it will not be the only main event to be shown on the live broadcast.
Junior middleweight title-holder Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will be defending his junior middleweight belt against former "Contender" star Alfonso Gomez in Los Angeles, 270 miles away from the Ortiz-Mayweather bout in Las Vegas, as part of a rare split-site pay-per-view.
Alvarez is one of the fastest-rising young talents to come out of the sport in years and is quickly becoming a bonafide superstar—evident by already headlining two separate HBO broadcasts this year at only 21-years-old.
But Alfonso Gomez is no pushover.
Most famously known for retiring the late Arturo Gatti in 2007, Gomez is currently on a five-fight win streak and has only lost once in the last seven years. He is a worthy challenger for the young Alvarez.
With odds favoring Alvarez as high as -1200 to win, and -225 to win within the distance, it is a testament to how much respect the boxing world has for this bright fighter affectionately referred to as "Canelo"—Spanish for cinnamon.
So if the odds makers are right and Alvarez gets through this fight successfully, who's next?
Here are five fighters that should be on his radar for the near future.