A few days ago, WBC welterweight champion, Floyd Mayweather, revealed his plans to step inside the ring on May 4, and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez seems to be his most likely opponent.
Canelo (41-0-1, 30 KOs) recently announced his next fight will be on May 4, stating he’s close to finalizing a contract to fight Mayweather (43-0-0, 26 KOs).
“HELLO! GREETINGS our next fight is scheduled to take place on May 4. [We] are close to finalizing the Mayweather fight,” Alvarez posted on his official Facebook page.
Given Manny Pacquiao’s brutal knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8, Canelo is clearly the most profitable option on the table for Mayweather right now, and boxing fans will be in for a real treat. Alvarez has already developed a loyal following in the Mexican community, and his “good guy” image will be a nice contrast to Mayweather’s brash “Money” persona.
The last time Mayweather faced a popular Mexican boxer on Cinco de Mayo was against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007, and the two ended up breaking records, generating the highest pay-per-view numbers (2.4 million buys) and gate ($19 million) in boxing history.
Mayweather vs. Alvarez probably won’t break those numbers, but they should surpass all other events since then. After all, Mayweather vs. Cotto ended up generating the second highest pay-per-view numbers (1.5 million buys) for a non-heavyweight event in boxing history.
Even though Mayweather has been accused of ducking opponents throughout his career, he proves once again that he’s willing to take on all challengers. Alvarez is clearly one of the most promising young stars in boxing right now, and he’ll have a decent size advantage against Floyd.
When a 35 year-old fighter is willing to risk his legacy against a bigger, undefeated 22 year-old fighter with serious knockout power, he definitely deserves the title of pound-for-pound best.
Of course, Mayweather’s technical superiority will even things up if the two end up meeting at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on May 4, which should lead to a very entertaining bout.
However, everything is still speculation, as the contract between the two has not been finalized.