Saul Alvarez (39-0-1), whom currently holds a junior middleweight title, is set to face “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-7-1) on the undercard of Mayweather vs. Cotto on May 5th. The fight is a treat for boxing fans tuning into the Mayweather vs. Cotto PPV as an Alvarez-Mosley matchup is a main event in its own respect. The move by Golden Boy Promotions to place Alvarez on the undercard is strategically a very smart move due to the fact that May 5th marks the Mexican holiday, Cinco de Mayo. There is no question that other than Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Alvarez is the biggest Mexican star in the boxing world. Mexicans around the world will be sure to tune into this matchup as they get to see their highly respected boxers match up against a future Hall of famer in Shane Mosley.
Boxing wise, Mosley has not performed well in his last three fights as he has gone 0-2-1. Therefore, Mosley knows that this will most likely be his last opportunity to claim another title. However, with Mosley’s long history of great championship fights and ability to pull off the upset, no one can count Mosley out. Furthermore, Alvarez has yet to be matched up against a high caliber opponent and will surely be taking a huge step up in class as he faces Mosley. The match up will truly be a test of where Alvarez is at, skill wise, in his career and a victory will put him in place for a mega fight with the likes of Mayweather, Pacquiao, Martinez, and Cotto.
Only time will tell, but with the addition of Alvarez-Mosley to the undercard May 5th is setting up to truly be a great night for boxing fans. A victory means something different for both fighters as Mosley seems to be near the exit portion of his career and Alvarez is just at the tip of something greater. The only thing that is certain is that both fighters will be entering the ring with the agenda to give it their all in order to achieve their individual goals and put a significant mark on their careers. Credit must be given to Golden Boy Promotions for putting together a significant undercard thus far. Boxing fans around the world should get ready for a memorable Cinco de Mayo.