With so much bluster in the boxing world it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction sometimes. The history of the sport is littered with cautionary tales of fighters whose bold statements have been exposed as baseless threats.
The vast majority can speak aggressively but only the minority act with authority. It is little wonder then that fans rarely place much merit in the rhetoric recited by most fighters.
However, the mould may about to be broken as many boxing fans are starting to believe Saul Alvarez’s bold statement that he is going to muscle in on Floyd Mayweather Jnr’s Mexican fight dates is not an idle boast.
Instead of baseless claims that he intends to compete with Mayweather for his Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence day fight dates next year it seems Canelo is deadly serious.
“I want those dates. I don’t care who fights, those are important to the Mexican people,” Canelo said as quoted by Steve Kim. “I want to make history in my career.” Those statements of defiance must be unsettling for Floyd Mayweather Jnr.
Yet although Canelo has the fan base, does he have the boxing ability to be a genuine PPV star? The jury is still out and the only way Canelo can influence the verdict is by battling it out against the elite.
If Alvarez is to build his own legacy at the expense of Mayweather’s legend then he must face the best fighters, not just the biggest names. Only by fighting the best opponents can Canelo call Mayweather’s bluff. He will not be able to realise his vision of throwing Mayweather from his throne by competing against opponents of the caliber of Alfredo Angulo or Joshua Clottey, who is rumoured to be his next opponent.
What he has to do
Unless he aims high, the Mexican fight dates are not coming home. It is as simple as that.
However, if Canelo secures a P-P-V showdown with Miguel Cotto next May he will reclaim Cinco de Mayo at least.
The only possible way Mayweather will be able to fend off the attack of Canelo on the Cinco de Mayo holiday is if he is able to conquer his fear of Manny Pacquiao.
In the unlikely event of a Mayweather vs Pacquiao super fight, it is back to the drawing board for Canelo. The signs are ominous for Mayweather, an attack on his empire is imminent, and the only way he can quell the threat is by facing Pacquiao. Either that, or he faces the embarrassment of being forced from his May date by the defiant young Mexican.
There is no point even speculating about a September opponent for Canelo, because he must win in May if he wants to liberate Mexican Independence from Mayweather Jnr.
For now though, Canelo has got the boxing world believing his bold statements now he must prove he means business with brave actions in the ring next year.
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