Pacquiao to face Canelo Alvarez as next opponent?

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TopRank CEO Bob Arum has recently floated the idea of Manny Pacquiao fighting Canelo Alvarez. However, there are several challenges that must be addressed first before such match could occur.

First, Pacquiao must defeat Bradley this Saturday night at the MGM Grand and Alvarez must also beat Amir Khan on May 7 at the T-Mobile Center.

There are several things to come off for this fight to happen. The big difference in boxing styles, with Canelo’s power and durability to go up against Pacquiao’s hand speed and terrible knockout power, would make this a very interesting fight.

Of course, Jose Reynoso, the manager of Canelo Alvarez, wants to see Alvarez take on the eight division champion Manny Pacquiao. That’s possible if he beats Amir Khan in their upcoming bout on May 7.

The Mexican fighter is set to take on Amir Khan on May 7 in Las Vegas while Pacquiao will meet Timothy Bradley on Saturday for the third time. Should both win, Pacquiao and Alvarez, Jose Reynoso believes a showdown between the two battle-hardened warriors could be on the cards although he’s not yet looking past Khan.

“Obviously, we would be interested in a big fight like that with Pacquiao. He’s been one of the best fighters of recent times, and it would be a big fight, but as always we will not disrespect [Khan] by [looking to the future with Pacquiao]. Our first priority is [Khan] and that’s the fighter we are preparing for,” Reynoso said in a statement, via the Bleacher Report.

If Pacquiao beats Bradley on Saturday and abandons his plans to retire, trainer Freddie Roach and TopRank’s Bob Arum has two names playing on their minds as Pacquiao’s next probable opponents-Canelo Alvarez and American Terence Crawford.

Pacquiao likely to face the Mexican boxer, Alvarez is one of the biggest names in boxing at the moment. After winning a big fight against Miguel Cotto, he is now set for some big fights this year. The fight with Khan came as a big surprise for everyone and the young Canelo is the crowd’s favorite for victory.

According to Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s official trainer, he’s receptive to the idea of Pacquiao facing Alvarez.

“That’s been talked about, I know he’s big,” said Roach, claiming that his prized ward is willing to fight anybody, including the 5-foot-9 Alvarez, who beat Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision last November.

“I think Manny can outbox him a little bit but it’s a difficult fight right now,” said Roach. “We’ll see how the fight with Amir Khan (May 7) will go, to have a better idea because Amir is like Manny who is very athletic,” Roach said in statement, via the

While the fight with the 25-year-old Mexican boxer hasn’t even reached first base, Roach insists that they have already said ‘yes’ to the Crawford fight, but things didn’t work out well.

Arum backed up Roach’s statement made during a press conference on Tuesday.

That’s true. I’ve been saying the freaking thing over and over again. Crawford is an excellent fighter. A future star for Top Rank and for boxing, but Crawford wasn’t known to the people,” said Arum in a statement, via the

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