Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez vs Sergio Martinez on May 5?Written by Lee Cleveland
Apparently Golden Boy Promotions, promoters for WBC junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO's), wants to set up a superfight between Alvarez and Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO's) for May 5th, according to Fightnews.com.
"We had a meeting with people of Golden Boy Promotions and we want to fight on May 5 and among those names we would face are Maravilla Martinez, Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather Jr.," said Canelo.
Is WBC super welterweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez ready for those fighters?
And at what weight would he fight them, 154 lbs or 160 lbs?
Sergio Martinez, who some consider a natural jr middleweight anyway, has already stated he'd drop back down to 154 lbs to face the explosive' Alvarez.
But can Sergio Martinez be strong at Jr Middleweight?
After all, by May 5th it will have been over two years since he last fought at that weight and as you age, weight loss doesn't get any easier.
But allegedly Martinez's normal, walking-around weight is a lean 164 lbs so he should have no problem making the 154 lb weight limit if those reports are accurate.
The awkward, tough Argentinian made a similar proposal to Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather last year, opting for a catch-weight bout with either superstar at 150lbs (68kg), or 154 lbs (69.9 kg).
"I am willing to go down to the 150 lbs (68kg) to face Manny Pacquiao... Because it's one thing is to fight Antonio Margarito at 150 lbs, and another thing to face me at 150 lbs," said Martinez during an interview last year with BoxingScene.com's Carlos Irusta.
"I can still make the weight. I'm not sure if I can comfortably make it, but that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make for these fights to happen," Martinez told RingTV.com last year.
So why does Golden Boy want Canelo Alvarez in a superfight very soon?
A Canelo Alvarez superfight on May 5th or sooner certainly makes sense.
Recently, the WBC mandated Alvarez must face the winner of Erislandy Lara vs Vanes Martirosyan which will take place on November 10th. Both men are large, well-schooled jr middleweights who would undoubtedly match-up with with Canelo - But neither man has the name recognition to warrant a massive PPV.
Essentially, facing either of them may be to much risk for the reward so don't be surprised if Canelo jaunts to middleweight to challenge Martinez or faces Mayweather or Cotto for their jr middleweight titles (Cotto will claim the WBA 'Regular' Jr Middleweight Title if he defeats Austin Trout in December).
And while Mayweather, Martinez and Cotto are also big threats, like Lara and Martirosyan, 'Canelo,' even in defeat, would receive a big, fat payday for his efforts in a major superfight against the big name stars.
Golden Boy would prefer to have Canelo face Floyd Mayweather Jr or Miguel Cotto but at this moment, Sergio Martinez is the most realistic option. Mayweather may finally land the Manny Pacquiao bout, opt for a rematch with Miguel Cotto or even retire. And Cotto's status hinges on his December bout with Austin Trout.
Sergio Martinez is the only fighter of the three who can seemingly guarantee his availability to fight Saul Alvarez on May 5th.
And although Sergio Martinez wants a rematch with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, the latter's status is still in question as a result of his suspensions. Furthermore a Martinez vs Alvarez bout may be even more lucrative than Martinez vs Chavez II.
Martinez vs Alvarez Match-Up
Fans and analysts have been very critical of Canelo's recent opponents, many of whom were natural lightweights, jr welterweights or welterweights or fighters past their prime.
Sergio Martinez, who will be 38 by May 5th, would give Saul Alvarez fits with his superior footwork and hand-speed, and overall awkwardness. And at 5'10," he's taller and rangier than the fighters Canelo is used to beating up.
However, as we saw in Rounds 7-12 in Martinez vs Chavez, Sergio isn't always a moving target and will sit on the ropes and trade. Given Alvarez is more explosive and quicker than Chavez Jr, will Sergio be willing to mix it up with Canelo too?
Sergio Martinez vs Canelo Alvarez would be better than Martinez vs Chavez Jr and is more intriguing.
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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