Exactly 10 days ago Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez took to his Facebook account and announced that he was “close” to a May 4 showdown versus Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The news was met with a lot of critical acclaim because most folks thought they would have to wait until September 2013 to see this fight. Popular wisdom, prior to Canelo’s Facebook post, was that Mayweather would take on Robert Guerrero in May and then save Canelo for an end-of-year match.
It looks like that’s the road we are going to go down after all. According to the good folks at Boxing Scene, Mayweather and Guerrero are reportedly close to an agreement on a May 4 showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The match will reportedly be held at welterweight with Mayweather defending his WBC belt. It hasn’t been determined whether Showtime or HBO will get the bout.
This is going to be an interesting battle. Guerrero looked great against both Selcuk Aydin and Andre Berto this year, and he will likely challenge Mayweather far more than 99 percent of other fighters could at this point in time. Plus, given how iffy Mayweather looked in spurts during the Miguel Cotto fight, who knows, maybe he is losing a step or two. Still, even a Mayweather in decline is incredible, and it’s hard envisioning Guerrero (even at his best) taking the undefeated champ down.
As far as the Canelo fight goes – it’s probably good that the bout gets saved for September. It is more intriguing and will be just as highly anticipated towards the end of 2013 as it would have been in May. The same wouldn’t have held true for the Guerrero fight.
What do you think: is Mayweather smart to take the Guerrero fight now and hold off on the Canelo fight, or should he have just taken the Canelo fight now?