Roger on Floyd Mayweather’s alternatives to Pacquiao: Maidana can be done, maybe Alvarez, no to Morales

1 Dec

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Of the options available to Floyd Mayweather Jr should a Manny Pacquiao punch-up continue to prove elusive, a meeting with middleweight honcho Sergio Martinez – who has actively used the press to publicise his desire to box Floyd – is not on the short-list, according to Floyd’s uncle and trainer Roger Mayweather. Roger, instead, regards Marcos Maidana to be an intriguing option, whilst not discarding the attractiveness of a Saul Alvarez match-up.

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Roger and Floyd engage in a choreographed combat. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

Rising super welterweight sensation ‘Canelo’ Alvarez recently trounced Kermit Cintron by way of fifth round knockout at the Monumental Plaza in Mexico City on Saturday, November 26.

The victory capped a strong year for the Mexican, who had won the vacant WBC championship in March due to a one-sided decisioning over England’s game 147lb prizefighter Matthew Hatton. Alvarez (39-0-1, 29ko) then defended the honour against Hatton’s countryman Ryan Rhodes (and won a late stoppage), as well as obtaining a sixth round technical knockout triumph over Alfonso Gomez.

Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar de la Hoya had said pre-fight that, should his emerging superstar win convincingly over Cintron, then he would release Canelo with the division’s toughest fighters in 2012. On fight night in November, with Cintron slayed and the official announcement made, Saul expressed his eagerness to pit his boxing wits against the mitts of the Money man.

Despite an apparent advantage of seven pounds in weight over Floyd, Roger Mayweather insisted that an Alvarez versus Mayweather Jr (42-0-0, 26ko) fight – at this stage – remains a mismatch. According to a statement released by the WBC, Roger said: “He might want to fight Floyd but he’s no match for Floyd anyhow Floyd is willing to fight with him”.

Alvarez is not the only Mexican who has been gunning for Mayweather as four division champion Erik Morales has, since Floyd announced the reservation of the Cinco de Mayo date at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas next year, been speculatively linked with the undefeated welterweight.

This fight, though, was discounted by Roger, who was more welcoming of a war with hard-hitting Argentinean slugger Marcos Maidana (31-2-0, 28ko). The WBC statement indicated that Roger said a fight with Maidana “can be done”.

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