Canelo, Mayweather, Pacquiao all want September 14th date
By Dan Ambrose: September 14th looks to be a really busy night with Floyd Mayweather Jr, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao all planning on fighting on that date. It’s the Mexican Independence day holiday, and it looks all three huge stars have booked that date and thus far none of them appear to be budging from that date.
Mayweather was the first to put dibs on the date earlier in the year, and Canelo and Pacquiao quickly followed up with their own plans on fighting on that date as well.
Canelo told RingTV “I just finished my meeting with [Golden Boy CEO] Richard Schaefer, and I told him that my next date to fight is on Sept. 14. If Mayweather wants to fight on that same date, that’s fine…It doesn’t matter to me, it’s happened already. It happened with “Maravilla” Martinez and Chavez… Mayweather can do whatever he wants to do.”
Canelo fought Joesiteo Lopez on the same date as the Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. bout, and it ended up hurting Canelo’s numbers, as most of the attention went to the Chavez Jr-Martinez fight.
If Canelo tries to compete with Mayweather and Pacquiao’s fights on September 14th, if the two huge stars both stick with their course of fighting on this date, then Canelo will end up likely helping Mayweather because Canelo’s right will be no doubt packaged along with Mayweather’s fight on the same PPV card because both fighters are with Showtime now.
I’m not sure if Canelo has thought about that yet, but he needs to process this out mentally and think about either jumping off the date to give it to Mayweather on Showtime or accept the fact that he’s going to help make Mayweather’s September 14th by being his co-main event in a split site card.
That’s exactly how Showtime will do it, and I can imagine that won’t make Canelo all that happy, but what do you expect Showtime to do with both guys fighting on the same date? They’re not going to booth Mayweather off the date when he’s the major draw in the United States compared to Canelo.
The cards will definitely suffer if Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum insists on putting Pacquiai in that date, but according to Steve Kim that’s exactly what Arum plans on doing. He thinks he can put together a Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 5th fight on that date on HBO, and he’s willing to compete against whatever Mayweather can Canelo are doing on Showtime/CBS.