LAS VEGAS – Boxing’s most sought-after free agent didn’t divulge much information regarding his next move late Saturday night.

Canelo Alvarez has plenty of options, but the only commitment he made in the immediate aftermath of his 11th-round knockout of Caleb Plant was that he probably won’t return to the ring until May. The Mexican icon has fought four times in less than 11 months and after fully unifying boxing’s super middleweight titles he feels as though he needs a longer break before he returns to the ring.

Alvarez’s choice of opponent for his May return will have a significant impact within the boxing business.

The four-division champion could decide to do business with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions for another high-profile, pay-per-view fight, presumably against Jermall Charlo (32-0, 22 KOs) or David Benavidez (24-0, 21 KOs). Alvarez stated during a recent appearance on the podcast of Showtime’s Brian Custer that he would prefer to battle Houston’s Charlo, the WBC middleweight champion, over Benavidez, who will box Kyrone Davis (16-2-1, 6 KOs) in a 12-round super middleweight match Showtime will televise Saturday night from Footprint Center in Phoenix, Benavidez’s hometown.

If Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs) chooses Charlo or Benavidez, Showtime probably would be PBC’s pay-per-view partner. Showtime distributed its first Alvarez event since July 2014 on Saturday night, when Alvarez aligned with Haymon for the first time since PBC launched in 2015.

“Showtime, PBC, Al Haymon, everybody treated me so well,” Alvarez said during his post-fight press conference. “I felt really comfortable. And all I can say is that overall, end-to-end, [it was] excellent.”

The 31-year-old Alvarez also might return to fight on DAZN with promoter Eddie Hearn, whose company, Matchroom Boxing, put on each of Alvarez’s three bouts before he beat Plant (21-1, 12 KOs) in their 168-pound title unification fight. An appreciative Alvarez raved about how Hearn treated him as well when he beat Callum Smith, Avni Yildirim and Billy Joe Saunders in less than a five-month span.

If he were to realign with DAZN and Matchroom, Dmitry Bivol could be Alvarez’s next opponent. Alvarez’s handlers negotiated with representatives for Russia’s Bivol (18-0, 11 KOs), the WBA light heavyweight champion, when negotiations stalled over the summer for the Alvarez-Plant bout that was originally planned for September 18.

Returning to DAZN and Matchroom also could lead to DAZN’s ever-elusive third bout between Alvarez and rival Gennadiy Golovkin. Kazakhstan’s Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) would need to defeat Japan’s Ryota Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) in their middleweight championship match December 29 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, in order to keep a third Alvarez-Golovkin fight in play for May.

Regardless, Alvarez would remain in the 168-pound division to fight Charlo, Benavidez or Golovkin. Alvarez, a former WBO light heavyweight champion, would have to move back up to the light heavyweight limit of 175 pounds to box Bivol.

Guadalajara’s Alvarez suggested that he will likely confer with trainer/manager Eddy Reynoso and the rest of his team at some point in January to determine his next move.

“I have nothing in particular in mind right now, but I love challenges,” Alvarez said. “And whatever comes my way, I’ll be ready for it. I’m ready for any challenge any time, but we’ll see what comes next year. I really don’t have a time set for sitting down with my team and thinking about it. Right now, I’m just enjoying the moment.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.