In another example of Saul Alvarez’s drawing power in Mexico, an estimated 30,000 fans were on hand yesterday for his press conference with May 5 opponent Shane Mosley. During their last press stop in Los Angeles, Alvarez admitted that while he isn’t taken Mosley lightly, he’d much rather have been in the main event facing Floyd Mayweather, a bout that is rumored for later this year should both notch impressive victories in May.
Mosley’s status as an elite fighter evaporated after a string of three bad performances dating back to 2010 against Mayweather, Sergio Mora and Manny Pacquiao. The last fight was especially damning for Mosley’s reputation after footage surfaced of his trainer Naazim Richardson having to covince him not to quit following round 10. Mosley assured the fans that come May 5, they’ll see the Mosley that dominated Antonio Margarito in 2009.
The bout will be for Alvarez’s WBC junior middleweight title.