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article imageOp-Ed: Saul Alvarez must slide to 147 to share spotlight with Mayweather

By Leo Reyes     May 26, 2013 in Sports
Mexican boxer Saul "El Canelo" Alvarez is unbeaten in 43 professional fights and at age 22, he is a man in a hurry. He wants to challenge pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr., who is equally unbeaten, for his richest fight ever.
Alvarez is the current WBC, WBA, and Ring Magazine light middleweight champion and a contract fighter of Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions (GBP).
Since turning professional, Alvarez has fought mostly in the light welterweight division where he was comfortable but as he grew with his age, his natural body frame and muscle growth made him bulky.
Alvarez is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Austin Trout at the Alamodome last April after knocking him down in the seventh round.
Seemingly, Alvarez is now comfortable fighting in the light middleweight division.
The weight issue has become the main stumbling block in the ongoing negotiations for the Mayweather-Alvarez fight.
Mayweather's handlers want the fight at 147 but Alvarez's trainer Jose "Chepo" Reynoso said "no way".
"Floyd wants every advantage on his side," Alvarez's trainer, "Chepo" Reynoso told Boxingscene. "Among one of the things that is often being stressed is that he wants Canelo at a lower weight. Why would I make my boy sacrifice so much? We proposed an intermediate weight for things to be level for both [fighters], but he refused. Yes we want to fight, but that does not mean [Mayweather] will get everything [he wants]."
When Mayweather fought and won against Miguel Cotto last year, he did it at 154. Why can't he make some adjustments to meet Alvarez in the ring at 154 if he is not afraid to face the younger challenger to his titles?
Critics say Mayweather's insistence to have Alvarez come down to 147 could be a ploy to kill the potential fight that fans want to see because he is seemingly afraid he might lose to a young and talented fighter 14 years his junior.
Obviously, Alvarez is all fired up to face Mayweather in what appears to be his biggest and most lucrative fight ever. Unless he gives in to Mayweather's demands, he will be at the losing end of the negotiating table.
But going down to 147 to bag the Mayweather fight could spell disaster for the young Mexican talent.
GBP head Oscar de la Hoya, who is hopeful the fight will happen, tried it with Manny Pacquiao in 2008 and he paid dearly for it. Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto, in their eagerness to share the spotlight with Pacquiao, also failed miserably.
This goes to show that drastic weight cut could cause unwanted dehydration which could slowdown the fighter if done with limited time.
At 22, Alvarez has not reached his prime and it would be prudent for him to consider rejecting Mayweather's offer to face him at 147.
Alvarez could try weighing the prospect of facing Miguel Cotto, Erislandy Lara or Alfredo Angulo. These fighters offer great potential for a competitive and lucrative fight for the rising Maxican star.
Meanwhile, Mayweather could make another easy fight by carefully choosing his opponent and be assured of a win to preserve his unblemished career record.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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