Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is almost certain to fight Gennady Golovkin with the WBC mandating the Mexican champ to defend his title against the “GGG.” However, it appears a rematch with Miguel Cotto is more likely than a potential superfight with Golovkin.

Alvarez has insisted that he is ready to fight Golovkin but only at a catchweight-stipulated match. However, the Mexican fighter does not have the option to get picky with his title defense due to WBC’s mandate.

“I have respect for him [Golovkin], but if we do fight, it’s going to be at my [natural] weight class [of 155 pounds],” Alvarez said. “I’m the champion. I don’t have to do what he wants.”

After his victory against Cotto, Alvarez has been given 15 days by the WBC to negotiate a fight with Golovkin. If the former continues to impose that the fight should be at a catchweight, the only option left is to relinquish the WBC middleweight belt and make Golovkin the automatic champion. This may suggest that Alvarez is trying to avoid a clash with the undefeated Kazakh, which opens for a potential Cotto-Canelo rematch, according to Dan Ambrose of Boxing News 24.

Amrbose notes that a rematch between Alvarez and Cotto is possible, with both fighters having rematch language in their contracts from their bout. Moreover, Cotto, along with most of the boxing fans, felt that the fight should have been scored closer than what the three judges did.

However, according to Keith Idec of the North Jersey, a Cotto-Canelo rematch is not necessary for the aging Puerto Rican boxer.

“There’s no need for a rematch because Cotto clearly lost,” Keith wrote. “He deserved better than the 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111 scorecards submitted by the judges, but Cotto is embarrassing himself by claiming he won.”

A report about Cotto considering retirement following his loss against Alvarez surfaced immediately as now ex-middleweight champ is already 35 years old. However, Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach is convinced his fighter still has a lot left in his tank, reports Boxing News Online.

There is no decision yet from Alvarez’s camp whether they would negotiate with Golovkin or not, but boxing fans will find out soon once the WBC’s leeway ends.

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