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Team Canelo on Facing Mayweather, Having a Plan B

By Rene Umanzor

Jose 'Chepo' Reynoso, the coach of WBC 154-pound champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez (41-0-1, 30KOs), has no doubt that his pupil has the necessary boxing skills to defeat the best ranked pound for pound fighter in the world, Floyd Mayweather Jr. The two superstars are likely going to co-headline a major pay-per-view on the 4th of May at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"It's the fight we need to make in order to solidify Canelo as champion once and for all, and we are confident of beating Mayweather. [It's] the fight we want because we are confident that Saul is ready to win," Chepo said.

Reynoso says Golden Boy Promotions is holding ongoing negotiations to finalize Canelo's next fight.

BoxingScene.com reported earlier that a deal has been pretty much reached for Mayweather to face WBC interim-welterweight champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero on May 4th.

While reports have had Miguel Cotto as the frontrunner to face Canelo in May, recent indications are pointing in the direction of WBA "regular" champion Austin Trout, who decisioned Cotto earlier this month.

"They are in negotiations and they are moving forward, but for now that is all there is. If they close the deal at the end of 2012 or early 2013, then there will be a conference for the official announcement. We respect the negotiations and until Golden Boy tell us that the fight is not going forward [on May 4] we can not take anything for granted," Chepo said said.

"Hopefully the fight will be with [Mayweather], but we are also negotiating for other boxers in order to have a plan B, [someone like] Miguel Cotto, Austin Trout or someone else who might be a worthy opponent for Saul. Right now there is no rush [to get a training camp going] because we are five months away. A fight of this level is not closed overnight, but we hope the people of Golden Boy get it done. It's a fight that we are very interested in. By May, Canelo will be 100% ready as always, no matter who the opponent is, Canelo is going to give everything and win."

Rene Umanzor covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by WESS on 12-25-2012

[QUOTE=JRB123;12854081]Clottey is not better at 147 than Mosley...c'mon son :nono:[/QUOTE] He was referring to at that time. Floyd hadn't fought Mosley then, as I think Mosley had a dentist appt to go to when asked about facing Floyd. I also…

Comment by Boxing Bob on 12-24-2012

[QUOTE=AHUEVO;12842298]LOL! Jr. tested himself? How, by getting raped for 11 1/5 rounds, coming in with a huge weight advantage and all the other per-madonna antics he displayed. Please, Canelo is 100% more warrior than Jr will ever be. Which is…

Comment by JRB123 on 12-24-2012

[QUOTE=Bushbaby;12853633]Bradley is 1 of the best fighters in the world. I'm surprised you're acting like he's not. Lil ginger has never fought anyone in Bradley's league. Comparing Pacman to ginger is thoroughly disrespectful. Pacman has actually done great things. ginger…

Comment by Bushbaby on 12-24-2012

[QUOTE=WESS;12854021]You might be right but I hope Alvarez proves us both wrong and takes the fight. The amount of money that Alvarez will make Floyd can't make me hate on Floyd for fighting him. It makes me want to hate…

Comment by WESS on 12-24-2012

[QUOTE=Bushbaby;12853995]Well said. But you know that with the Floyd fight looming ginger will absolutely not fight Trout. He probably won't even fight Angulo. Because no matter how most posters here go on about how strong ginger is, the fact remains…

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