Will Canelo Alvarez's next fight disappoint boxing fans?
By Hector Franco
After years of back and forth trash talk between promoter Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, it is now De La Hoya who will return as the cash cow of the sport. Of course De La Hoya himself won't be stepping back in the ring, but the star of his stable, Canelo Alvarez will be. Alvarez himself has not been one to talk trash in the media, but his promoter is another story altogether.
In 2015, there was a power struggle between Floyd and Oscar in who would be fighting on the Mexican Holiday dates in May and September. Mayweather fought Pacquiao and was able to get the fight on May 2nd and Canelo fought on May 9th against James Kirkland. Mayweather is retired for now and these dates in May and September are now open to other fighters. There’s no question that with Mayweather and Pacquiao now exiting the sport, Canelo Alvarez is now the biggest star in the sport. The question now remains should Alvarez at 25 years of age, be fighting just twice a year and on PPV at that?
This upcoming May, there are rumors of two candidates in line to face Alvarez on PPV. Those two are Gabriel Rosado and Willie Monroe Jr.. Both are former Golovkin opponents, but does a matchup with either of these men make sense? Will either man prepare Alvarez for a showdown with Gennady Golovkin?
The answer is a resounding NO!!!
Rosado will provide an exciting fight and can even be marketed as another Mexico vs. Puerto Rico bout. Gabe Rosado has a lot of experience against other top tier middleweights such as Golovkin, Quillin and Lemieux. For Canelo, this would be a stern test as he makes the gradual move up to the middleweight division.
Monroe on the other hand, is an excellent fighter and very underrated by boxing fans. For Alvarez it makes little sense to face Monroe as he has a style nowhere near Golovkin’s. Monroe would put Canelo back in the position of fighting a style in the vein of Mayweather, Trout and Lara. All three fighters gave Canelo all he could handle. Monroe who has been inactive since last May when he faced Golovkin and will be highly motivated to face Canelo giving him a chance to catch Canelo in a fight where he may not be as motivated to compete. This could be a recipe for disaster for Golden Boy and crew.
These two fighters would not be bad opponents for any junior middleweight or middleweight but for a superstar fighter like Alvarez it’s underwhelming. Even more underwhelming that it will take place on PPV.
We have to remember as well that a fight with Golovkin later this year is not guaranteed. The WBC late last year made a guarantee that these two would negotiate for a bout later in the year after each fighter has a voluntary fight. Negotiate not fight. Most fans will likely forgive and forget a PPV with Rosado or Monroe if a bout with Golovkin is made later this year. Another year or few years of waiting may result in backlash by fans. If Canelo Alvarez wants to be viewed as an alternative to Floyd Mayweather rather than just a redheaded version, he may want to think about taking some fights outside of the PPV platform. This is a new era of boxing and for decades now boxers have been fighting at twice a year, so it’s not a surprise that Alvarez will follow suit. Alvarez will be disappointing fans if he chooses to take on what’s viewed as lesser competition on PPV at just twice a year. Let’s hope Alvarez is aware of this or this era won’t look much different from the last.