Canelo Alvarez
Canelo Alvarez believes Pacquiao continues to be a great fighter with experienceReuters

Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez has been earning a big name in the sport of boxing as one who does not mind fighting one of the best boxers of the modern era Manny Pacquiao if a chance comes along and even considers it to be an 'honour'.

The Mexican has already been involved in a fight with another top boxer Floyd Mayweather, against whom he lost in 2013, which also happens to be Alvarez's first and only loss in his professional career as well till date.

But Alvarez needs to focus on his fight ahead on 9 May against James Kirkland in Houston, Texas.

The Mexican has started his preparation for his mega bout. Though the fight between the two might have been overshadowed by Manny Pacquiao's clash with Floyd Mayweather, which is expected to be one of the richest sporting event in the world on 2 May, take nothing away from Kirkland-Alvarez fight, as it has all the ingredients for a top class bout.

Alvarez has an impressive record with 44 wins from 46 bouts with 31 knockouts, while Kirkland also has a similar record with 32 wins from 33 matches with 28 knockouts.

The fight unfortunately would not get the attention it deserves until the fight of the century is over. But even Alvarez has not remained aloof, as he has also talked about the 2 May fight. 

But if the Mexican wants to fight against the likes of Pacquiao, he needs to come out victorious against Kirkland, thus putting forward a claim for fighting Pacquiao for super bouts.

Though, the Mexican might have lost against Mayweather two years ago, he did get a taste of what top boxers are capable of as Alvarez looked second best against Mayweather's punch. But with that fight, the Mexican might have learnt a lesson or two, so he might be better prepared to fight Pacquiao, if it materialises.

Alvarez feels it would be an honour to fight the Filipino. "It would be an honour to fight Pacquiao with all due respect. It would be an honour to fight a legend like him," ESNEWS quoted Alvarez as saying. 

"Pacquiao has fought the best, the best in the world. He's at the end of his career, but he still continues to be a great fighter with experience."