by Hilmar Rojas
During Tuesday's visit to Panama, WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (42-0-1, 30KOs) discussed his upcoming plans. Canelo was in Panama to meet with the WBA, as the sanctioning body officially presented him with the world title that he captured last month in his unification bout with Austin Trout. Golden Boy Promotions has been trying to finalize a deal for Canelo to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26KOs) on September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather is the WBC's champion at 147, but he is also the WBA's "super" champion at 154, which makes Canelo his mandatory challenger.
Canelo said: "I am willing to fight with him, but I won't walk away from my division...it would have to be at my weight."
Regarding the issue of two WBA champions at 154-pounds, WBA Vice President Gilberto Mendoza stated: "We still do not know what is going to happen. It will be the decision of the championships committee, and at this time the case is under review. We do not know if we are going to order a mandatory fight with the two champions immediately, or if we are going to wait... this is something that we have to [decide on]."