So there I am, waking up in the midst of the night, yawning, exhausted and ready to shut my eyes to go back to sleep. As usual when my dreams don’t allow me a good night’s sleep I grab my phone for a quick moment before allowing my eyes to give way. And BOOM! Pound for Pound champion Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KO’s) has tweeted that a deal is almost done between him and Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO’s) to fight on May 4th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. What the? How could? Speechless. I didn’t even know how to react. Surprised? Yes. Shocked? I could say that. Expected? No. Then I think of Floyd Mayweather. I think of all the antics, all the shows, all the games that he’s played over the years about opponents, retiring, fighting Pacquiao. And I think, should I be surprised? No. Should I be shocked? No. Should I have expected something like this? Yes. Do I even believe Floyd when he says that Alexander is the front-runner for his May 4th bout? I have no idea.
One of the reasons everyone loves Floyd, believe it or not, is because of his unpredictability. (No, it’s not his undefeated record which he believes is his selling point although it does help.) We never know what we are going to get when we are dealing with Floyd. I was ninety-nine percent positive that the Guerrero fight was a done deal. I would have bet my house on it. Luckily for me I’m not a gambler.
Still, I refuse to believe this until I hear an ‘official’ announcement. Floyd is many things, but lying to the public on his twitter feed isn’t something I remember him for. I tweeted last week that I believed he was playing games by saying that “I don’t have an opponent for May 4th yet.” Especially since Schaefer reported two hours later that the contracts were written up and done, and at that time Devon Alexander and Kell Brook were still supposed to face off on February 23rd. So there was no way a contract was done with Alexander a week and a half ago when he was still supposed to fight Kell Brook on February 23rd. So is Schaefer lying, or is Mayweather? Were the contracts really done? Or did something happen with Robert Guerrero with the contracts that made Golden Boy have to find another opponent very fast. In fact, if what Mayweather is saying is true, they would have had to reach out to Alexander, who mind you had to pull out of the Brook fight because of an injury, and get a deal with him done in only one week without letting Kell Brook’s team know that they were backing out of the rescheduling of the fight.
Here’s the biggest loop of them all. Alexander was forced to pull out of the Brook fight for an injury that would put him out of commission for six-eight weeks according to his team, which brings us to April 1st at the worst. You’re telling me that he’s only going to train for four weeks, coming off an injury, for the biggest fight of his career? That sounds fishy. Not that Alexander wouldn’t take it if the offer was given to him. I mean the money and recognition he would get for fighting Floyd Mayweather goes without say. Also, Kell Brook would have to be paid to step aside because I’m pretty sure that they still have a contract to fight each other.
It’s confusing I know. The worst part about this entire thing is that Floyd most certainly went from a semi-entertaining bout with Robert Guerrero to what would expect to be a very boring fight with a southpaw, counterpuncher. The only way I could see De La Hoya opting out for someone like Alexander, and paying Brook to step aside, is if there was a problem with negotiations for the Guerrero fight.
So, is Floyd throwing the public a loop? What about Alexander’s injury? What happened with Guerrero if Floyd isn’t lying? There are so many odd things about this fight, which leads me to believe that Mayweather’s tweet is to throw everyone off and somehow we will still see Mayweather-Guerrero square off on May 4th. But as I have always said. With Floyd Mayweather nothing is ever certain. One thing is for sure, he’s just made the ‘official’ announcement of his next fight way more interesting. And that my boxing friends, may have just been the plan all along.