Trout: I want Mayweather after I beat Canelo
By Dan Ambrose: WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KO’s) wants to be next in line to face unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Showtime/CBS if or when Trout beats the highly hyped but untested Golden Boy promoted WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KO’s) on April 20th in San Antonio, Texas.
Trout said to Fighthype.com “I know he’s [Mayweather] got a six-fight deal, and I would love to land on one of those spots. If he wants to make me wait, I’m not opposed to taking on other champions, the people with the belts [at junior middleweight].”
That would be interesting to see if Mayweather would agree to face Trout in September if Trout can dominate Canelo on April 20th. However, it’s just as likely that an impressive win for Trout will scare Mayweather off for good, and lead him to not even consider him as one of the candidates for his six-fights on Showtime/CBS pay-per-view.
Mayweather is getting a guaranteed $30 million per fight by Showtime/CBS no matter who he faces, so he doesn’t need to take a risky fight against the likes of Trout to do incredibly well. Mayweather can face anyone he pleases and still make a killing in terms of money.
Trout has one thing in his favor that could help him land a Mayweather bout, and that’s pressure from the boxing public. If Trout embarrasses the 22-year-old Canelo next month, and beats him so badly that he looks like doesn’t belong in the same ring with him the way that Trout beat Miguel Cotto last December, then the boxing public will apply a ton of pressure on Mayweather to get him to face Trout.
In that case it’ll be difficult for Mayweather to say no to Trout, and we could see the two of them facing each other in September. Mayweather is scheduled to fight on September 14th, which is a Mexican holiday, but that doesn’t mean that he has to fight a Mexican fighter on that date. Mayweather can fight Trout, and load the undercard with Mexican fighters so that they can attract Mexican fans to purchading the PPV card.