It cannot be a coincidence that in Floyd Mayweather's last fight the pay per view buys were so low that in his next fight he agrees to fight a fighter that will guarantee massive viewership. Thank you, Showtime.
Floyd "Money" Mayweather announced on the Twitter thingy that he will fight Canelo Alvarez in September in a fight that should generate massive international interest.
Mayweather Tweeted: "I chose my opponent for September 14th and it’s Canelo Alvarez. I’m giving the fans what they want."
Actually, I'd rather see Manny Pacquiao/Mayweather but that's gone.
Mayweather/Alvarez is the next best thing, so here we go. The fight will be on Sept. 14 in Mayweather's "home arena" at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Not sure Alvarez is ready for an opponent of this caliber - his conditioning is going to have to be better and he's going to have to fight more than 60 seconds per round.
A massive star in his native Mexico, Alvarez got fat (42-0-1) against a slew of guys whom you've never heard of, or were done. It wasn't until he scored a unanimous decision against Austin Trout in San Antonio last month had he defeated an opponent that suggested maybe he can do this.
Mayweather, meanwhile, is up to 44-0 after he hand-picked his way through a pack of opponents he knew would merely be grateful to eat just a tiny sliver of his green and white cake. None of the guys he has fought for years were much of a threat.
Alvarez is a threat. He's young, hungry, and can punch.
The question now is can Alvarez not get frustrated by arguably the best punch dodger the sport has ever seen, and manage to land a few serious shots against a fighter who never gets hit.
Canelo didn't land as many punches as Trout, but he landed a higher number of quality shots. It would be fascinating to see what would happen if Mayweather actually does take a shot and he would respond.
My fear is the timing of this fight is not ideal; Mayweather is still at the very end of his prime window, while Alvarez is likely not in his yet.
Regardless, Alvarez had to take this fight as did Mayweather. Even he realized that he no longer could roll out the equivalent of Southern Savannah State and tout it as a worthy opponent.
Alvarez is a worthy opponent.
And we will have a real fight.
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