Did Floyd really tweet that? Was it a joke? Remember the Devon Alexander tweet? A message just to momentarily rattle boxing fans?
‘I chose my opponent for September 14th and it's Canelo Alvarez. I'm giving the fans what they want. It will be at the MGM Grand.’
The tweet read around the world Wednesday night has already sparked widespread anticipation as it was confirmed a super fight between Floyd Mayweather and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has a date, venue and signed agreement. Moments after the tweet came confirmation from Richard Schafer, the Golden Boy chief executive to let the masses know it was all very real. Floyd Mayweather (44-0) and Canelo Alvarez (40-0-1) will meet at a catch-weight of 152 in a light-middleweight unification world title fight on September 14th at the Las Vegas MGM Grand.
Before the pleasant surprise, fight fans were patiently waiting to see whom each fighter would be fighting next with both camps intending to return to the ring before year’s end. However when it came to the two actually striking a deal to maybe share the ring together, the level of skepticism from fans was high, and who could blame them. For years Floyd Mayweather teased and tormented fans with his inability to get in the ring with Manny Pacquiao. The persistent pressure to make that fight for Floyd shrunk after Pacquiao suffered the brutal knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and spared Floyd more of the same predictable questions about whether or not he would ever face Manny Pacquiao. While Paquaio looks to recover and has already scheduled a rebound fight with Brandon Rios in Macau this winter, FLoyd has went on to take perhaps a even more dangerous fight that has shocked the boxing fans. Canelo doesn’t have the resume Manny has yet but he hasn’t suffered a loss either, is a dozen years younger then Pacquiao, and is forecasted by many to top pound for pound lists for years to come.
Whether it was the lackluster PPV numbers from Mayweather-Guerrero or the anticipated discontent fans that were preparing to spew, Mayweather and company got it right. This fight was never going to hinge on demands from Canelo’s side and if Mayweather’s second fight with Showtime was going to be another dud, it wouldn’t have been good for business. The financial side of the fight can’t be overstated as Mayweather-Alvarez has potential to set record breaking numbers in Las Vegas, on Showtime PPV, and of course Mayweather’s final purse which could be the highest of his career. September 14th is Mexican Independence day, and the convergence of Las Vegas’s biggest draw in Mayweather with the most celebrated Mexican boxer today in Canelo, is a dream scenario for Showtime which signed Mayweather to a possible $200 million deal earlier this year.
It’s almost hard to fathom what the public outcry would have been if he did schedule someone like Devon Alexander or Amir Khan. Mayweather can be commended for striking two big birds with one stone as he’s giving the fans what they want as well as preparing himself for one of the, if not the most, lucrative nights of his boxing career. In a calendar year that’s provided amazing action in the ring, and with many more exciting fights still on the docket, its fitting Floyd Mayweather will be part of the mega fight of the year. For once, Floyd’s choice of opponent was on the ‘Money’.