Canelo vs. Cotto or Trout still being talked about for May 4th
By Dan Ambrose: WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez still could end up on the May 4th pay per view undercard bill headlined by Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to fightnews.com. There’s also still a chance Alvarez and Mayweather could be facing each other on September 14th.
If Canelo fights on the May 4th card, he’ll be facing either Miguel Cotto or Austin Trout. Earlier this week fightnews reported that Canelo would be open to fighting on the May 4th date as long as Golden Boy Promotions guaranteed him a fight against Mayweather on September 14th. If Golden Boy can set that fight up it would still put Canelo in a situation where he’d have to likely win the May 4th fight to get the September 14th Mayweather bout because it wouldn’t look good for Mayweather to be facing a guy coming off of a loss.
For that reason it’s likely that Golden Boy will try to match Canelo against the much more beatable Cotto than Trout because Cotto has been beaten in his last two fights and he’s looking like he’s past his best. Putting the 22-year-old Canelo in with a fighter like Trout would be dicey situation for the young Canelo because he’s not fast on his feet, and he doesn’t have great stamina.
The longer-armed southpaw Trout could make Canelo look very bad, especially if the fight lasts 12 rounds. Canelo has been matched against stationary fighters for most of his career, and putting him in with someone that can box like Trout would be a huge risk for him.
Canelo’s opponents have been generally older and smaller than him and not young enough or talented enough to beat him. Trout is young enough and definitely talented enough to beat him. I’d be very surprised if Canelo gets anywhere near Trout. If Golden Boy is going to persuade Canelo to fight on the May 4th fight card, it’s likely going to be Cotto or some lesser fighter than him but not Trout. I honestly don’t see Canelo ever facing him during his career.