*Note: WBC title on the line for Canelo Alvarez only, after Cotto allegedly failed to pay a WBC sanctioning fee.

Fighting legend Bernard Hopkins has tipped flame-haired Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to take over from the retired Floyd Mayweather Junior as boxing’s box office superstar.

Speaking to Fighthub, the 50-year-old and boxing’s oldest ever world champion backed the 25-year-old 45-1-1 star to pick up the Mayweather mantle and drive millions of PPV buys.

Cotto v Canelo

“If Floyd has retired, there’s so many people that are right there. Canelo’s one of them, to be that next blockbuster superstar.

“I’m not saying he’s not that now, it’s just now it’s clear that he’s the only one who can chase that seat that Floyd’s been holding for many, many years,” Hopkins said.

Already a serious box office star in his own right, Canelo is involved in another massive interest fight on November 21 when he does battle with Puerto Rico’s WBC World Middleweight Champion Miguel Cotto.

Fight fans will be salivating at the prospect of seeing who comes out on top as Cotto, 34, looks to stage a second defence of his title against a rampant Canelo, who most recently scored a stunning knockout over James Kirkland at a 30,000+ capacity Minute Maid Park.

Watch Hopkins' interview courtesy of Fighthub below: