BROOKLYN — Calling each of them “three huge fights,” Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya said that he and company CEO Richard Schaefer are determined to satisfy the request of WBC junior middleweight titleholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to make his next fight be against either Miguel Cotto, Sergio Martinez or Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 4.
During an interview on Oct. 13, the 22-year-old Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 knockouts) first informed RingTV.com of his desire to face any one of those fighters. Alvarez is coming off last month’s Showtime-televised, fifth-round knockout of Josesito Lopez.
“Yesterday, we had a meeting with the people at Golden Boy Promotions, and we agreed to fight on May 4, and it’s going to be against Maravilla Martinez, Miguel Cotto or Floyd Mayweather,” said Alvarez during that interview.
Alvarez said that he directed De La Hoya and Schaefer to reach out to Martinez’s promoter, Lou DiBella, Mayweather himself or his advisor, Al Haymon, as well as Cotto’s legal advisor, Gaby Penagaricano.
“He asked for Maravilla, he asked for Cotto and he asked for Mayweather,” said De La Hoya on Thursday. “He asks for any champion at 154 pounds. So that’s like six guys that he wants to fight.”
“So we’ll wait and see. It can be any one of those guys. You take a look at this. You have Cinco de Mayo, a big, big date for boxing. Huge day, huge festivities. Big Mexican holiday,” said De La Hoya.
RING middleweight champion Martinez is coming off last month’s unanimous decision that dethroned Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. as WBC titleholder on HBO Pay Per Vew from from the Thomas and Mack Center.
Cotto is coming off a unanimous-decision loss to Mayweather in May, which added Cotto’s WBA junior middleweight to his WBC welterweight title.
The loss to Mayweather ended a streak of three straight knockout victories for Cotto, who has an upcoming fight opposite undefeated WBA junior middleweight titleholder Austin Trout on Dec. 1 that is being promoted by Golden Boy.
“You have Miguel Cotto, Mexico-Puerto Rico? Oh my gosh. Huge,” said De La Hoya. “Then you have Maravilla Martinez, who just beat the second most popular fighter from Mexico in Chavez Jr., which did amazing ratings and pay per view buys.”
“That would be redemption for Mexico. And then you have the cream of the crop in Mayweather. You have three huge fights. I mean, whatever fight we can come to an agreement on, that’s what we’re going to do. I think that any of those fights is a big fight.”
De La Hoya spoke to RingTV.com prior to a press conference at the Marriott in downtown Brooklyn, where he is promoting Saturday night’s card headlined by the rematch between RING, WBA and WBC junior welterweight champ Danny Garcia, of Philadelphia, and four-division titleholder Erik Morales, of Mexico City.
Garcia-Morales is one of four title bouts on the card, which also includes Brooklyn native Paulie Malignaggi’s WBA welterweight title defense against Pablo Cesar Cano, IBF welterweight titleholder Randall Bailey’s first defense against Devon Alexander, and Peter Quillin‘s challenge to WBO middleweight titleholder Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam.
Others on the show’s undercard are middleweight contender Danny Jacobs, of Brooklyn, Brooklyn-born ex-beltholder Luis Collazo, of Queens, welterweight Dmitriy Salita, of Brooklyn, Bronx-born Honduran junior middleweight prospect Eddie Gomez and junior middleweight prospect Boyd Melson, of White Plains, N.Y.
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