Saul "Canelo" Alvarez sounded interested in facing Manny Pacquiao in another potential record-setting fight after his upcoming bout against Amir Khan on May 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Alvarez was asked in a recent interview with EsNewsReporting about the possibility of colliding with Pacquiao in one of his upcoming fights. The Mexican boxing superstar did not budge and hinted that he is ready for the bout. In fact, he admitted that it will not be easy so he needs to prepare several plans.
"We'll talk about that when we get there when that fight happens," Alvarez said of facing Pacquiao. "When you fight in a big fight against a guy like him, you have a plan A, B and C."
However, weight is expected to be an issue when the two parties decide to negotiate. Pacquiao has been very comfortable fighting at 147 pounds, while Canelo has been demanding a catchweight of 155 pounds in his recent bouts.
According to Boxing News 24, a fight at 155 pounds will be a major advantage for Canelo if there will be no rehydration clause in the deal. Canelo could easily reach 155 pounds before the weigh-in but will likely rehydrate to more than 170 pounds to get a huge size advantage on fight night.
It is also worth noting that Pacquiao has already announced that he will retire after his third fight with Timothy Bradley on April 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The rematch with Bradley will be Pacquiao's first fight since his unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May last year.
But in a recent interview with Telegraph, Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum is convinced that Pacquiao could delay his retirement if he scores an impressive win against Bradley. The veteran promoter said that it will be hard for a dedicated fighter like Pacquiao to turn his back away from the sport if he feels he still has a lot left in his tank.
"He says this is his last fight. You can take that with a grain of salt, though," Arum said. "I think he believes it's going to be his last fight. But I'm not saying it's his last fight. This isn't my first rodeo. I've had a lot of fighters tell me this is their last fight and six months later they're back in the ring."
Pacquiao, who owns a 57-6-2 record that includes 38 knockout victories, is vying for a Senate seat in the 2016 elections in the Philippines.