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Canelo Alvarez: Fighting David Lemieux in place of or after Miguel Cotto?

Joseph Herron Updated
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It's currently being rumored that Middleweight contender David Lemieux will be leaving promoter Yvon Michel and signing an agreement with Golden Boy Promotions within the next several days.

While it's no surprise that GBP President Oscar De la Hoya has taken an interest in the hard punching Canadian as a potential opponent for Saul "Canelo" Alvarez , the timing of the probable acquisition does raise several questions about the status and future of the proposed mega-fight between the Mexican superstar and lineal Middleweight Champion Miguel Cotto.

Is it a coincidence that the Golden Boy is making the deal with Lemieux when negotiations have reached a very delicate point between Canelo and the four division world champion?

Most experienced promoters and matchmakers would agree that a suggested pairing with the former WBC/WBA Junior Middleweight Champion and the young, knock-out artist from Quebec isn't ready to stick in the ring, and wouldn't reach its true marketing potential if the match-up were forced at this time.

But because the "diva" from Caguas, Puerto Rico, has made the current negotiation process unbearably difficult for Team Canelo, obstinately sticking to his claim as the A-side of the promotion, is Golden Boy Promotions striking a deal with Lemieux right now to strategically create additional leverage in the war room?

Is a Middleweight fight with David Lemieux a contingency plan for Canelo Alvarez and HBO, should Canelo vs Cotto negotiations fall apart within the next few weeks?

Although the idea is a very perplexing one, it's more probable that Oscar and company is thinking ahead for Canelo's follow-up later this year.

Despite receiving many discouraging reports from both camps, all parties involved obviously want to make the super fight between Canelo and Cotto a reality on May 2, or June 13.

Even though the highly anticipated match-up hasn't reached "mandate" status among fight fans, compared to the heavily demanded pairing between Mayweather and Pacquiao, the boxing calendar would suffer greatly should the suggested bout not materialize within the first two quarters of 2015.

So look for Canelo vs Cotto to be announced as early as this week, and expect David Lemieux to be featured on the undercard of a "Canelo vs. Cotto" HBO PPV presentation on either May 2, or June 13, setting the table for a big Canelo vs. Lemieux showdown in September.

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