In a strange turn of events, as of April 8, ESPN is reporting that Canelo's promoter, Richard Schaefer, is in discussions with Al Haymon, Lara's adviser, to make the fight between Canelo and Lara on July 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in LasVegas. According to Schaefer, the MGM has moved a July 12 concert to accommodate Canelo's fight.
However, there is one small stumbling block, and that is Lara's scheduled May 2 bout with former 154 pound champion Ishe Smith. That bout, between Lara and Smith is scheduled to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas the night before Floyd Mayweather faces Marcos Maidana.
For contenders, scheduling more than one fight within two months of one another is no big deal. But, for championship caliber fighters, such as Lara, that may be pushing it. Plus, Canelo is no stranger to scheduling fights ahead of time when a future opponent already has a fight scheduled. This scenario has backfired twice. Once when Josesito Lopez knocked out Victor Ortiz, and again when Austin Trout defeated Miguel Cotto via 12 round decision.
Therefore, for this fight to happen, the only option would appear to be that Lara has to scrap his May 2 date with Smith. If that scenario plays out, what compensation, if any, does Smith receive for the cancellation?
"Canelo came in a week ago Monday and sat down with us and basically said that what he wants is that he wants to fight Lara. We actually had a list of big names which we went through and he just didn't want to hear about anything else. He wants Lara," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions in a RingTV article.
We shall see. Because as we have seen most recently, what Canelo wants, Canelo gets.