MANILA – If Manny Pacquiao doesn't get to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., then he might go for the next best thing: having a super fight with Mexican pay-per-view (PPV) star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
The idea was first suggested by Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) founder Oscar dela Hoya back in April, and it seems that Pacquiao’s camp may take the plunge.
Pacquiao’s business adviser Michael Koncz told Philboxing’s Ronnie Nathanielsz the fair-skinned Mexican is a viable alternative to Mayweather because of his PPV drawing power.
"It will be a substitute for a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and will be the next biggest fight and may very well rival a Manny-Floyd fight," said Koncz.
Alvarez’s junior middleweight unification bout against Mayweather in 2013 made about $150 million in revenue from 2.2 million PPV buys.
Canelo lost the bout but helped shatter the all-time record set by Mayweather and Oscar dela Hoya in 2007 which amounted to $136 million PPV buys.
Koncz, however, said a Pacquiao-Alvarez fight will only happen in a catchweight, just like the Filipino’s bout against Antonio Margarito in 2010.
He stressed the need for a catchweight because the 5’9” Alvarez currently campaigns as a 154-pounder (junior middleweight), 7 pounds heavier than Pacquiao’s 147-pound welterweight limit.
"We cannot go into the ring if there is no catchweight. It's too dangerous. We are not trying to get any advantage but just trying to protect the health of Manny," said Koncz.
"If Canelo is willing to come to a reasonable catchweight, then it a fight we can entertain."
Dela Hoya, a fierce rival of Top Rank’s Bob Arum, recently made peace with the elder promoter and voiced the possibility of pitting Canelo against the Pacman.
“That’s one of the reasons I was extending the olive branch. The fans want to see these kinds of fights,” the boxing superstar-turned-promoter Dela Hoya said in an earlier report.