Mayweather: How can freckle-faced Canelo give me an ultimatum?
By Dan Ambrose: WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KO’s) wasn’t amused to see 22-year-old WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) giving him an ultimatum recently in trying to pressure Mayweather into a fight with him on September 14th instead of just letting Mayweather select him the way he selects all of his opponents.
Mayweather told Fighthype.com “How can I let a 22-year-old kid, who just got into the sport of boxing, give me an ultimatum.. Man, his red-head, freckle-faced ass better just sit back and wait in line. If I feel like choosing him, I’ll choose him.”
Canelo told Mayweather that unless he agrees to fight him in September then he won’t fight on his undercard on May 4th. What was amusing about it is that Canelo has never head-lined his own pay-per-view show, and has spent much of his time as the WBC junior middleweight champion either fighting welterweights or blown up welterweights instead of quality 154 pound fighters.
Canelo was jumping way ahead of where he should be based on what he’s actually accomplished in the ring. One of the main criticisms aimed at Canelo is he’s raised to the top based on his popularity more so than his actual accomplished.
Look at the fighters Canelo has beaten in the last two years: Matthew Hatton, Ryan Rhodes, Alfonso Gomez, Shane Mosley [41 yrs old], and Kermit Cintron. Canelo hasn’t faced the quality in the junior middleweight division, yet here he is giving Mayweather an ultimatum.
This is actually funny, but so true. Canelo definitely needs to get in line and wait until Mayweather chooses to fight him because he doesn’t have the cache to throw his weight around against a star like Mayweather. It’s actually laughable when you think about it, and you have to wonder why someone didn’t try and persuade Canelo to keep quiet and remain on Mayweather’s undercard because the only one that was really hurt was Canelo.
Canelo’s the one that won’t be seen my millions of boxing cans that have never seen or heard of him before. Mayweather already has a Mexican opponent facing him in the main event in Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, so he’s not going to be hurt at all with not having Canelo on the card for the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo on May 4th.
Instead of fighting on Mayweather’s undercard and getting tons of media attention and visibility, Canelo shot himself in the foot by pulling out and instead fighting on April 20th against WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout. Not only will that card be seen by fewer boxing fans, but Canelo will likely end up losing the fight and then end up getting pushed back further in the line of fighters waiting to get a fight with Mayweather.