Canelo Alvarez will indeed fight at AT&T Stadium, but just not against the opponent we want.
Alvarez is scheduled to announce with Golden Boy Productions on Monday at AT&T Stadium that his 2016 fall fight will be at Jerry World against ... — wait for it — ... Liam Smith!
You don’t know Liam Smith? Join the club.
Here is all you need to know — Liam Smith is a Brit, and he’s a white dude. That’s a deadly combination for a fighter.
This is a good opportunity to use the great exchange from the movie “Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear:”
Ed Hocken: You sure know your boxing.
Lt. Frank Drebin: All I know is never bet on the white guy.
On Saturday Sept. 17 at AT&T Stadium, the red-headed pride of Mexico will fight Liam Smith for the blah-blah-blah, whatever-whatever title belt. This fight for the WBO Super Welterweight title was originally scheduled for Las Vegas, but I am guessing Jerry happened.
Jerry Jones wanted Canelo vs. Triple G but that’s not happening until at least next year.
Alvarez vs. Smith is a chance for Golden Boy Productions to fatten Canelo’s record with the design of making a matchup of Canelo vs. Triple G more lucrative next year. That was the fight that should be happening this year at AT&T Stadium, but the two sides agreed to wait to make that a bigger bout.
The last time AT&T Stadium hosted a fight was Manny Pacquiao against Antonio Margarito in November 2010. The Pacman also defeated Josh Clottey in March 2010 at AT&T Stadium, which drew 50,944.
The presence of Canelo should mean a new fight attendance record at Jerry World.
Even with Pacquiao un-retiring for a fight this fall, the departure of Floyd “Scumbag” Mayweather from boxing has made Canelo the biggest name in the sport; he reportedly likes to box in Texas because of its proximity to his home country.
With a 47-1-1 record, Alvarez is the biggest sports figure in Mexico. He has knocked out two of his last three opponents — James Kirkland and Amir Khan — and the best bout for him right now is Gennady Golovkin, not Liam Smith.
Smith, 27, is 23-0-1; his last eight decisions have been either by knockout or technical knockout. The problem is you have not heard of any of the bums he’s defeated.
Triple G will be fighting Kell Brook this fall, with the idea that both he and Canelo will not lose this year and will eventually line up their bout for next year.
Jerry may yet pull off landing Canelo/Triple G, but for now we will all have to settle for him landing Canelo/Smith.