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Alvarez-Kirkland not viewed as Mayweather-Pacquiao deal-breaker
Alvarez-Kirkland not viewed as Mayweather-Pacquiao deal-breaker

Tuesday night word that Mexico’s popular former light-middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is in advanced negotiations to fight James Kirkland May 2 at San Antonio’s Alamodome on HBO is like a chess move. It is meant to provoke some reaction from middleweight world champion Miguel Cotto and, to some extent, from unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. Yet, several facts -- along with subsequent reactions of several boxing authorities -- calmed the rush to theorize that the date and the network broadcasting of Alvarez-Kirkland is a grave warning sign for Mayweather’s long-awaited but unfinalized bout against Manny Pacquiao. First, Alvarez promoter Oscar De...

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