Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs) has made it clear that he wouldn't mind fighting Floyd Mayweather next, but he might not get his wish. "Money" is currently leaning towards a fight against Robert Guerrero, so "Canelo" might have to wait for his turn.
Fortunately for the 22 year-old, there's also the option of fighting Austin Trout.
Alvarez was initially planning to fight Miguel Cotto next, but Trout ended up derailing those plans, successfully defending his WBA world light-middleweight title against the Puerto Rican on Dec. 1 (he won via unanimous decision).
Trout (26-0-0, 14 KOs) called out Canelo after his win against Cotto, but for a moment, it seemed like the Mexican didn't want any part of "No Doubt."
However, Canelo is aware of the fact that he'd be accused of ducking Trout if he decides to pursue a fight against Cotto, and he's now warming up to the idea.
"Trout is a great fighter, he is undefeated, he is a world champion, he's very strong and it would be nice to fight him," Canelo said, per Boxingscene.com.
Even though Canelo is one of the most promising rising stars in boxing right now, I've never liked the idea of a fight against Mayweather anytime soon. Floyd is a few steps ahead of Alvarez in terms of technical boxing skills, so Canelo would be better off getting a few more fights under his belt before testing his skills against the sports' pound-for-pound best.
If Alvarez wants to find out if he's ready to take on Mayweather, I can't think of a better opponent than Trout.
Austin is a technically savvy boxer, and it'll give Alvarez a chance to test his offense against a defensive specialist. Trout isn't known for throwing haymakers, so Alvarez won't have to worry much about getting caught.
If Canelo ends up losing to Trout, then he'll know he isn't ready for the likes of Mayweather and Sergio Martinez.