Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is prepared to make his return to the ring following his decision loss to Floyd Mayweather back in September of 2013. According to ESPN.com, Alvarez will be facing fellow countryman Alfredo Angulo on March 8 in the main event of a Showtime PPV card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“The fight is done. Signed, sealed and delivered,” Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer said. “Both guys are excited and ready to put on a show. These are two Mexican warriors and two of the most exciting fighters in the sport and it will be a toe-to-toe battle. That is what we are calling the card, ‘Toe to Toe.’
“Canelo is a huge star, so going on pay-per-view was not an issue. You see it when he goes somewhere in Los Angeles or Mexico. He has that charisma where people are drawn to him. I saw that in San Antonio in December when he came to the (Marcos Maidana-Adrien Broner card). The ovation he got was crazy. People embrace him. The fans go nuts, the females love him. You win some and you lose some. He had his first loss against Mayweather, the best fighter in the world, and there is no shame in that.
“But just because you lose to Floyd doesn’t mean you lose. He’s been exposed to so many people because of it, and that increased exposure is a good thing for Canelo and his career.”
Alvarez will be the favorite in his return bout, but Angulo is a heavy hitter that will be able to provide a tough test.
With Alvarez’s popularity and the fact that two Mexican boxers will be going head-to-head, this could set up to be a very successful pay-per-view.