Canelo vs Mosley Takes Mayweather vs Cotto Promotion Into Stratosphere

Canelo Alvarez vs. Shane Mosley: Co-Headline Standout

Canelo Alvarez

Canelo Alvarez will take another step toward Pound-for-Pound legitimacy when he takes on Future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley.

Short of a once muted Alvarez vs. Mayweather showdown the recent addition of the 21 year old Mexican phenomenon to the Mayweather vs. Cotto should assure boxing’s PPV buyers of a minimum of one sensational fight on May 5th. In what is perhaps an indication of the magnitude of his unique talent Canelo enters the bout with former lightweight, welterweight & junior middleweight champion of the world Sugar Shane Mosley as a near prohibitive favorite.

Shane Mosley made his professional debut aged 21 – Alvarez holds a professional record of 39-0-1 at the same age. To be certain this fight represents another step up in class for the young Mexican sensation in whom so much public adulation is already invested but against a 40 year old fighter whose last two lethargic performances have verged on tarnishing his stellar legacy in the sport he’d have to be considered a justifiable favorite going in.

A strong showing by Alvarez in the co-featured bout of the evening should also see him in prime position for the winner of Mayweather vs. Cotto – or in the case of the former; eligible for usage as a backup plan/bargaining counter weight in negotiations for any possible showdown with Manny Pacquiao later in the year. The downward trajectory of Mosley’s career over recent years probably makes only the most emphatic of knockout victories for Canelo eligible for the widespread calls for pound for pound inclusive in this bout’s aftermath. Mosley is as much of a set up for Alvarez as a potential banana skin.

Having Mexico’s biggest star present for the Mexican Independence Day weekend festivities can only add to an event that is by all accounts shaping up to be the boxing event of 2012. Cinco de Mayo, Mayweather vs. Cotto & now Canelo taking on a future Hall of Famer in Sugar Shane Mosley all make for a blockbuster of a night of boxing at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas & a welcome value for money offering for boxing’s Pay Per View television audience.

Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting!

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