Dan Rafael: Mexican Independence Day
October, 28, 2013
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
When former unified junior middleweight champ Canelo Alvarez told ESPN.com on Monday that he planned to fight three times on pay-per-view in 2014 -- no opponents or sites are set yet -- one thing was noticeably absent from his schedule.
None of Alvarez's planned fight dates -- March 8, July 26 and Nov. 22 -- land on either of the two major boxing weekends that feature top Mexican fighters. Traditionally, there is a big fight with a Mexican star on Cinco de Mayo weekend in May and on Mexican Independence Day weekend in September.
Alvarez, Mexico's most popular active fighter, however, won't fight on either of those weekends next year.
As Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, Alvarez's promoter, explained, "Those are the dates that Floyd Mayweather already reserved for next year, just as he did this year. We already knew that was when Floyd Mayweather planned to fight. We know that, so Canelo is not going to fight on those dates.
"Besides, if you fight in May and September, it's difficult to schedule three fights in the year."
Mayweather fought in May and September this year, easily outpointing Robert Guerrero in a welterweight title defense on May 4 and Alvarez in a junior middleweight championship fight on Sept. 14.