Saul "Canelo" Alvarez has settled on a date for his next fight and he's zeroing in on a big one, targeting middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.
"We had a meeting with people of Golden Boy Promotions and we agreed that our next fight is on May 4. The first option is Maravilla Martinez," Alvarez told Miguel Rivera of BoxingScene.com.
Other options mentioned by Canelo's team are Miguel Cotto, who will attempt to regain a piece of the junior middleweight title against Austin Trout in December, and pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather is obviously the lottery ticket, but has yet to release anything on his plans to return to the ring.
Martinez reclaimed the WBC middleweight championship with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Sept. 15 at the Thomas and Mack Center. On the same night, Alvarez was also victorious, knocking out the undersized Joseito Lopez in the fifth round.
For the fight to happen, Martinez would likely have to drop down in weight to 154 pounds. Alvarez is currently the WBC champion at that weight.
It's a division "Maravilla" is familiar with, having spent a good portion of his career there before jumping to middleweight.
He has expressed a willingness to move down in weight to pursue lucrative fights with Alvarez, Cotto and Mayweather.
This has perhaps gained greater urgency given a rematch with Chavez Jr. is likely off for the forseeable future. Chavez is facing a possible suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a positive post-fight drug test.
The date discussed for Alvarez's next fight, May 4th, is on Cinco de Mayo weekend. A matchup featuring a young Mexican warrior against an older, but more established, Argentine champion would certainly be a huge PPV draw.
It would also be a huge step up in class for Alvarez, who has some good names on his resume, but has yet to face a challenge on the level of Martinez.
Whether he's ready or not, it appears we will soon find out.
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