By Karl Freitag
Photo: Felipe Leon
WBC/WBA welterweight and super middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather has essentially taken over the Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence Day weekends, fighting exclusively on those dates since 2010. However, last week Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez stated he wants to fight on those dates which are so important to Mexico and used to feature fighters like Julio Cesar Chavez and Oscar De La Hoya.
“I want to retake those dates and bring them back,” said Canelo. “Those dates are Mexican dates! They’re Mexican independence dates, and yes, for next year I will be fighting, I want to be fighting on those dates!”
Canelo’s promoter Oscar de la Hoya commented, “Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has given me strict orders, obviously he wants to follow in the footsteps of the great champions hailing from Mexico like Julio Cesar Chavez, fighters that have started the tradition of fighting Cinco de Mayo, started the tradition of fighting in September. Canelo now being a star of his own and a big draw and a person who the fans adore, me, as his promoter, it is my obligation to do what’s best for the fighter. So we’re obviously focusing 100% on Erislandy Lara and then we will be sitting down with Saul Canelo Alvarez and plan out his future.”