By Salvador Rodriguez
WBC junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (39-0-1, 29KOs) confirmed BoxingScene.com's report from Friday night, that a deal was reached to defend his title against former three-time world champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39KOs). Alvarez-Mosley will be the co-featured contest on the Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto pay-per-view on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
"Lately things have not gone so well for Mosley, but he'll come with everything. He has a lot of of experience, he's strong, he knows how to move, and we have to remember how he hurt Mayweather. Personally, I think he's an opponent who will do a lot for me," Alvarez said.
"When the negotiations with Mayweather fell through, we were told that Mosley would be the first option above the others, but it seems the negotiations [to make the Mosley fight] were difficult and we were always kept waiting, I'm happy it's done. Mosley is the name that we were looking for. He failed against Mayweather, but I think Shane still commands a lot of respect, he's well traveled, continues to be dangerous, but I have youth and that is my advantage and that will pull me through. I shall triumph in this fight and enter the big leagues of boxing."
Canelo, who headlined his last five ring appearances, has no issue with being involved in a co-featured position to Mayweather-Cotto.
"We will be on a large stage. Mayweather did not want to fight me, but we are excited to be on this very important card," Alvarez said.
Salvador Rodriguez covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.