Canelo wants the fight, and Floyd has never turned down an opponent. Those are the words uttered by Richard Schaefer, as Golden Boy Promotions has begun working on trying to bring the most lucrative possible fight in the world of boxing at the moment, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul Canelo Alvarez into the ring by September.
There have been conflicting reports about the PPV results of Mayweather’s fight against Robert Guerrero. Even if he does cross the million buys, which seems unlikely when you talk to people outside of Golden Boy, Showtime are disappointed. It’s not quite clear what the finer details of their huge deal with Mayweather are, but as it seems they have lost money on their first fight which brings them into the prime-time of boxing without having fans used to them carrying these kind of bouts, and another disappointment like this might cause them to try and search for a way out of the deal.
For now, though, it’s business as usual. Mayweather has vowed he’ll fight in September, the first time he’ll be fighting twice in a couple of months since 2003, but although a bit slower than at his best, time and time off doesn’t seem to hurt his ability to remain almost unhittable when facing guys who are a little bit out of their depth, like Guerrero was.
The problem with the Guerrero fight? The opponent. Not exciting, not high-profile enough, and not a trash talker. Mayweather himself – he wasn’t modest, but he didn’t really push the words out of his mouth like in previous bouts. But there’s also the Manny Pacquiao angle.
A lot of the excitement towards Mayweather’s fights had to do with the fact that people, those who aren’t eating, drinking and breathing boxing, were interested in watching Mayweather because of the prospect of a mega fight waiting around the corner. Now that it’s gone, Mayweather seems a little bit less interesting as well.
That doesn’t matter to Canelo, who’s the first in line to get a piece of the number one pound-4-pound fighter in the world. He wants the big fights, the big titles, but he isn’t willing to compromise. Alvarez has a big enough clout to get his own big fights and money even without Mayweather, and a little bit of leverage going into this one; more than what Mayweather is used to be dealing with, which means he’ll have to give up on a lot of money, more than he would like.
But there’s also the issue of the weight. While Mayweather has fought at Light Middleweight before, he’s never weighed more than 151 going into the fight, which is where he feels comfortable. Alvarez isn’t going to agree to anything below 154 or any sort of intermediate catchweight. While it is a problem, it should be solved quicker than what’s really important – money.
If it’ll work out, the fights happen on September 14, the weekend of Mexican Independence Day, which will bring a third huge fight for Mayweather on this day against a Mexican (or with Mexican roots) fighter, following his bout with Victor Ortiz in 2011 and Juan Manuel Marquez in 2009.