Following the Mexican Monster’s win over Demetrius Andrade, the demand to see the fight with Alvarez has risen. Benavidez is the current WBC interim champion at 168, which puts him as the mandatory for Alvarez after the WBC confirmed as much at their 61st Convention. Although Canelo is a four-division champion, the failure to fight Benavidez would be a sign that the Mexican ducked him. As for Benavidez, a win over Canelo would solidify his status as the best 168-pounder and make him a PPV star. And with Cinco De Mayo Weekend and Mexican Independence Day being possible fight dates for next year, Benavidez was looking to make the fight as soon as possible.
“I knew it would be a difficult fight, but I knew I had enough to beat Demetrius Andrade. Truthfully, I feel the fight between me and Canelo should be in May 2024. We’re ready for this opportunity, and we’ll give the fans what they want. Truthfully, both of us. He needs me, and I need him. He’s a legend in the sport, and I think for me to do what I want to do in Mexican boxing, I need to fight Canelo to get to that level to be a legend in the sport. He Needs Me And I Need Him,” Benavidez
There is a possibility that the pair could have two fights. A first fight on Cinco De Mayo Weekend could be followed up with a rematch on Mexican Independence Day, given that Alvarez does have two fights left on his PBC deal. And since a rematch with Dmitry Bivol has failed to materialize, outside of Benavidez, Alvarez’s options are limited.
Question if Canelo retires tomorrow he gets in the HOF ?
Don't start well canelo did not fight so and so
Neither did Mayweather
Neither any big all time legend
But canelo has to be held to a different standard
Can't wait till canelo breaks David
— Quepasa (@Zuitsuit4590) November 29, 2023
He could have his own career if those belts are vacated. Benavidez wants to be the best at 168 why is that such an issue
— Vic (@VicGall3gos) November 29, 2023
Canelo has 2 HoF careers in 1. His run to become undisputed at 168 is the single greatest SMW achievement in the history of boxing.
Maybe he should just retire. He has no more need for legacy or money and the DB fight might take years off his life.
But if he stays, then fight🤷🏻♂️
— Ben O. Verbich (@vza_xs) November 29, 2023