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Floyd's trainer quashes Alvarez talk

ESPN staff
November 28, 2011
Saul Alvarez has beaten British duo Matthew Hatton and Ryan Rhodes in his career so far © Getty Images

Roger Mayweather, Floyd Mayweather Jnr's uncle and trainer, has told Saul Alvarez that he does not possess the quality to end his nephew's unbeaten record.

After defending his WBC light-middleweight crown by stopping Kermit Cintron on Saturday, Alvarez said: "Next year we want the best, we want Mayweather in May."

Mexican prodigy Alvarez, 21, has already claimed 39 victories from 40 fights and is being tipped to inherit the pound-for-pound crown currently worn by Floyd or, if you prefer, Manny Pacquiao.

However, Roger appears to believe that a changing of the guard is still a few years away. "He [Alvarez] can go in there and he likes to be like Floyd. He can come in like Floyd if he wants to, but no, he ain't no match for Floyd," Roger said to boxingscene.com.

Instead, Roger has talked up the prospect of Floyd facing Marcos Maidana, the big-hitting light-welterweight, at some point next year. That will be galling news for Amir Khan, who beat Maidana last year - and is desperate to meet Floyd at some point.

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