By Gabriel F. Cordero
Last Tuesday on a television program called Tribunal TD, Mexican prospect Saul “Canelo” Alvarez challenged compatriot and three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez to fight him. On the show, Marquez criticized the decision of the WBC to give an opportunity to “Canelo” and Matthew Hatton to fight for the vacant WBC super welterweight championship on March 5. “To be number one without fighting any rated super welter, I think there are boxers with more rights than him,” Marquez said.
“I respect Juan Manuel, who is a good fighter, and if all goes well in my fight against Hatton I’ll make a challenge to Juan Manuel Marquez to see whether I have the ability,” Alvarez responded.
WBC female super flyweight champion Ana Maria Torres and trainer “Nacho” Beristain also came out against the WBC decision on the show.
“I want to thank Don Jose (WBC President Jose Sulaiman) for trusting in me,” continued Canelo. “I like to prove myself and I will show people, that’s a fact. I’m surprised that people in boxing like her (Torres), ‘Nacho’ and Juanma Márquez don’t know that every boxer has a process. I’m in mine and I’ll show what I’m made of. I don’t care what they say because they are negative people and full of hatred in their hearts.”