Errol Spence Jr. Says He’d ‘Entertain’ Fight With Canelo Alvarez
Errol Spence Jr. says he’d be willing to move up to 160 pounds to fight Canelo Alvarez.
Spence is the WBC and IBF Welterweight Champion. He is scheduled to put his gold on the line against Danny Garcia on December 5. Many have been hoping to see Spence take on Terence Crawford, who holds the WBO gold, or WBA (Super) Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao next.
While Spence has expressed interest in fighting Pacquiao, there is one major name he has thrown out there that fight fans weren’t anticipating. Speaking to The Sun, Spence name-dropped Canelo Alvarez as an opponent he’d like to face in the future.
“With Canelo, yeah, I’d definitely entertain that. That can happen, that’s a huge fight. That would be huge for the Cowboys’ stadium when we’re back to 100 percent capacity. That’s another mega-fight which I could have. I could have a lot of mega-fights. It takes quite a few pounds to get down to 147. I wouldn’t have any problems fighting at 160. But, at the end of the day, it’s down to the guys in suits.”
A difference in size is likely to leave pundits skeptical of Spence vs. Alvarez ever coming to fruition. Alvarez has been holding court at super-middleweight and middleweight. He’s even captured a major world championship in the light-heavyweight division, knocking out Sergey Kovalev. Canelo has since vacated the title in favor of moving back down in weight.
Spence’s greatest success has come at 147 pounds. Canelo fights at 168 and 160 pounds. Whether or not Spence can make a fight with Canelo happen in the future remains to be seen. For now, he’s got unfinished business at welterweight.
As for Canelo, he’s in the midst of a lawsuit against DAZN, Golden Boy Promotions, and Oscar De La Hoya. Boxing’s top star is alleging a breach of contract. He is seeking $280 million in damages and the ability to break away from his contract.