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Saul Alvarez Plans Unknown: Another “Canelo Curse” in the Works?

January 8th, 2013 at 4:29 PM
By Sharon Scrima

'MGM Grand' photo (c) 2009, Ben Mason - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Fightnews.com is reporting that WBC light middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez has not yet signed a contract for the Golden Boy promoted card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas scheduled for May 4. This is not altogether surprising since an opponent has not been secured at this point. However, the plans for this fight reportedly hinge on the possibility of a September 14 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. who is expected to defend his WBC welterweight belt against interim champion Robert Guerrero in the main event on May 4.

We all know the string of bad luck Alvarez has experienced in securing a pay-per-view worthy opponent with targeted fights involving Paul Williams, James Kirkland, Victor Ortiz and Miguel Cotto all falling through for various reasons, including unexpected and unplanned upset losses.

Is it remotely possible that the "Canelo Curse" can extend to the mighty Mayweather?

If Alvarez is assured a future fight with Mayweather as a condition of fighting on the May 4 card, the aging pound-for-pound king will need to get past Guerrero or whomever he ultimately winds up facing that night to break the curse and maintain the value of a September fight with the Mexican idol. Given the tough fight Cotto gave Mayweather last May and the gritty battles that Guerrero waged against Selcuk Aydin and Andre Berto, it is not an absolute certainty that the curse can be broken. 

Alvarez would also need to be victorious on May 4, a challenging task if his opponent turns out to be WBA titleholder Austin Trout whom Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer has recently indicated is an unlikely option (without expressly sharing why that is the case).

The Fightnews.com source further stated that Alvarez may prefer to walk away from the May 4 date altogether if the September fight with Mayweather can not be cemented, with the possibility of defending his title in Mexico instead.

Alvarez is trying to grab the steering wheel, but it is unlikely that Golden Boy will let him stay in the driver's seat.

Tags: Austin Trout, Boxing, Canelo Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather, Robert Guerrero

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