By Omar Torres: It’s finally happening, a mega fight in boxing between Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. This fight could have the chance to match the previous record set by Oscar De La Hoya vs. Mayweather in 2007, and this match can help boxing rise again, at least here in the U.S.
It’s too bad that we might never see Mayweather – Manny Pacquiao, but at least we get to see this very interesting fight. Mayweather is finally going to be taking on a powerful young fighter in the peek of his career. This would be the first time Floyd faces a strong young stud such as Canelo in years. Canelo has never faced an opponent with the supreme boxing skills such as Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Austin Trout being the closest. Read the rest of this entry »
By Rusty Nate: Depending on what side of the world you are on, your waking up or going to bed with the news that Floyd Mayweather has agreed a fight with none other than Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for September 14th at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
What a turn up for the books! Mayweather has done what few expected him to and signed to fight probably the most dangerous on form opponent that he could find in Alvarez. Whats more we are hearing that the contract includes a pretty non existent catch weight of 152lbs as well as NO rehydration clause. I am shocked, surprised, respectful of Mayweather but also a little bit confused with a few doubts in my head. Read the rest of this entry »
By Paddy Dwyer: With the news that Floyd Mayweather Jr (44-0, 26 KO’s) will be taking on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) at a catchweight of 152lbs, accusations of “cherry picking” and “playing the odds” have once again been leveled at the consensus number one pound for pound boxer on the planet. The credibility of such charges will be debated vehemently by both abettors and detractors. Their reasons will be varied and worthy of being mooted but care must be taken so as not to allow myth to become fact.
“Catchweights” are not a new phenomenon. Despite the scorn aimed at fighters such as Mayweather and his protracted adversary Manny Pacquiao, they belong to a long list of fighters, some of whom esteemed, to have fought bouts at unofficial agreed weights. As far back as 1895, Joe Walcott (“Barbados Joe” rather than “Jersey Joe”) (then operating at what we would recognise as light-welterweight somewhere around 138lbs) took on Kid Lavigne (then operating at what we would know as featherweight or approximately 128lbs) at a catchweight of 131.5lbs. In 1904, the same Walcott had moved up to what we could consider to a natural “welterweight” fighting around the 145lb mark yet took on the legendary Joe Gans at a catchweight of 138lbs. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: The September 14th fight between WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) and unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) will have no rehydration clause in the contract for their catch-weight fight at 152 pounds, according to Steve Kim.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is saying that the rehydration clause wasn’t included. What this means, of course, is that Canelo can rehydrate as much as much as he wants.
If Canelo wants to rehydrate to 172 lbs. like he did in his last fight in April against Austin Trout, then there’s nothing stopping him from doing so. Read the rest of this entry »
By Eric Thomas: If you want to any single reason for why Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) was willing to agree face the younger, bigger and stronger Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0, 30 KO’s) on September 14th in a pay per view fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, it likely has to do with Mayweather’s PPV numbers from his last fight against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on May 4th.
Although the numbers still haven’t been officially released to the boxing public, the word is that they were underwhelming numbers, far fewer than what was expected. That might have pushed Mayweather to agree to the Canelo fight because having his fights bring in less than 1 million PPV buys isn’t a good thing due to his expensive six-fight Showtime/CBS deal. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dallas Orysiuk: The Ring Magazine is highly regarded and is widely considered “The Bible of Boxing”. The Ring is known for its ratings of boxers, in particular their Pound for Pound lisg. This magazine company has been highly regarded and influential, but in recent months The Ring has begun to slip.
First off, recently The Ring website published an article stating that Lamont Peterson tested positive for a banned substance. This created quite a stir in the boxing world… until the story was revoked. The article was changed, stating Peterson “allegedly” tested positive. The boxing world was taken by a for a brief few hours, why would Lamont Peterson take a banned substance for such a big fight coming up, especially when he was caught once before? Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) and WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) have both agreed on a fight on September 14th at a catch-weight of 152 pounds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fight will be televised on Showtime/CBS and it promises to be the biggest boxing PPV event of the year by far, although it’s not likely big enough to eclipse the PPV all time record of 2.4 million buys between Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.
Canelo isn’t as popular as De La Hoya was back then, so it’s going to be a fight that will likely result in a figure close to the 1.5 million mark in terms of overall PPV buys. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Just minutes ago, Floyd Mayweather Jr. tweeted that he’ll be facing WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 14th after all at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. ***News update*** the fight will be fought at a catch-weight of 152 lbs. Mayweather is really being nice here because 152 is nothing. That’s not even really a catch-weight. The proper halfway point between 147 and 154 is 150.5. Mayweather is giving Canelo an extra 1.5 lbs.
There’s no word yet about whether there will a rehydration clause in the contract to keep Canelo from blowing up to 172-175 after the weigh-in.
Mayweather said this on his twitter: “I chose my opponent for September 14th and it’s Canelo Alvarez. I’m giving fans what they want. It will be at the MGM Grand.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Mo: WBC Welterweight Champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. is indeed a great boxer and has undoubtedly the best defensive style of our era, yet he keeps fighting the wrong boxers and the big fights that the fans would love to see never get made.
I’m tired of seeing Floyd fight the nonthreatening fighters he keeps selling to the casual fans and the real fights never happen we need to demand a match between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Floyd Mayweather.
Those are the type of fights that boxing needs, a great super star that is king of boxing and a great young rising star that poses a real threat to the king’s crown. Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: 22-year-old Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is showing his youth with his all thumbs approach to getting an import career-changing fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Canelo, despite being at the beginning stages of his career, is telling Mayweather at what weight their fight has to take place at before agrees to it.
In an interview with Univision Deports, Canelo said “I’ll fight at my weight  against Mayweather. I cannot go lower.”
It almost seems like Canelo is calling the shots. If he’s doing this at 22 with Mayweather what is Canelo going to be like in five or six years. It’s difficult to imagine. I can picture Canelo telling his opposition what hoops they have to jump through in order to get a fight with him. Read the rest of this entry »