MANILA, Philippines – Mexican boxing prodigy Saul “Canelo” Alvarez believes Floyd Mayweather Jr. chose to fight Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto because it will be an “easier fight” for the undefeated American.
Alvarez, the undefeated World Boxing Council junior middleweight champion, was also being considered for a May 5 fight date against Mayweather.
But Mayweather eventually chose to fight Cotto instead, saying that “Canelo” was still too young and experienced to fight him.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Alvarez said Mayweather “chose to fight with Cotto, because he believes that (Cotto) has less speed, moves a lot less.”
Alvarez added that Mayweather may think that Cotto “hasn’t been the same fighter as he was in the past.”
Cotto holds the World Boxing Association’s junior middleweight title and is coming off a career-defining victory against Antonio Margarito last December.
Alvarez is set to fight former world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley in the co-feature during the pay-per-view. He said in a previous report that he has been promised a shot at the winner of the main event bout.