Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez a ‘No. 1 priority’ for Golden Boy

Floyd Mayweather Canelo Alvarez

Floyd Mayweather Jr. outclassed Robert Guerrero last weekend, and now people are clamoring for him to finally face undefeated champion Canelo Alvarez.

Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) is the top 154-pound fighter in the world and has been discussed as a potential Mayweather opponent. Though no fight has been finalized in the past, it looks like things are intensifying now.

Alvarez is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, which has also promoted each of Mayweather’s last seven fights. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer told ESPN’s Dan Rafael a Mayweather-Alvarez fight is his No. 1 priority.

“I am working on the fight,” Schaefer told Rafael. “I’m crunching the numbers. You should see my calculator — it’s red-hot. I am working on a lot of fights, but this is my No. 1 priority.

“This is something I am pursuing and I am having conversations with both sides,” Schaefer said. “Canelo wants the fight and Floyd has never turned down an opponent.”

Mayweather has a Sept. 14 fight date booked and says he intends to keep it. That weekend makes sense for an Alvarez fight because it coincides with the celebration of Mexican Independence Day.

There was initial speculation that Mayweather’s pay-per-view numbers for his fight with Guerrero would disappoint and come in below one million. Had Mayweather’s fight not sold well, it would have marked incentive for him to face more competitive and marketable opponents, such as Alvarez. However, SI’s Chris Mannix says Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza told him the PPV buys will exceed one million.

Espinoza also told Mannix that Showtime is pushing for a Mayweather-Alvarez fight.

“Everybody involved, from Mayweather, to Canelo, to Golden Boy, to Showtime want Canelo-Mayweather in September,” he told Mannix.

If Golden Boy wants the fight, Showtime wants the fight, and Alvarez wants the fight, then all we need is Mayweather to agree to it. Knowing him, there’s a possibility he elects to face an easier opponent unless he feels confident he can win. I’m not getting my hopes up yet.

Canelo Alvarez says he is close to finalizing fight with Floyd Mayweather


Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s next fight is likely to be in May against Canelo Alvarez, as expected.

Alvarez shared the information on his official Facebook page Thursday.

“HOLA!! SALUDOS nuestra siguiente pelea esta planeada para realizarse el 4 de mayo estamos cerca de concretar la pelea con mayweather VAMOS CON TODO!!” Alvarez wrote.

For those who don’t speak Spanish, Alvarez said, “our next fight is scheduled to take place on May 4, we are close to finalizing the Mayweather fight.”

Alvarez is signed with Golden Boy Promotions, which frequently promotes Mayweather’s fights. Golden Boy, much like Bob Arum’s Top Rank Productions, likes to pair its fighters against each other.

In January, Canelo was reported to be a candidate to fight Mayweather. Mayweather ultimately chose to face Miguel Cotto and beat him in a unanimous decision. It looks like he is choosing Alvarez for May.

Mayweather was also said to have interest in facing Robert Guerrero, who is coming off a win over Andre Berto. Though he may be leaning toward facing Alvarez in May, Mayweather could choose to fight twice next year, and Guerrero could be his opponent in September.

Alvarez is 41-0-1 with 30 knockouts in his career. He beat Josesito Lopez (who previously stunned Victor Ortiz), an aging Shane Mosley, and Kermit Cintron in his last three fights. The 22-year-old built up a good part of his fighting resume as a teenager in Mexico. This would be his first megafight.

H/T Chris Mannix

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Reportedly Likely to Fight Robert Guerrero or Canelo Alvarez

Floyd Mayweather Jr. somehow managed to talk the judge into postponing his jail sentence so that he could fight on his scheduled May 5th date. Despite the injustice, that seemed like good news for fight fans — Floyd and Manny Pacquiao could finally face each other after all. Or not.

Several people, including most notably Oscar De La Hoya, have been saying that Bob Arum is not interested in having Pacquiao face Floyd. The promoter’s latest excuse is that Pacquiao won’t be able to start sparring until April 1st when a cut on his face heals, leaving him with too little time to prepare for a May 5th fight.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, is pushing for a fight with Mayweather to please boxing fans. He told PhilBoxing.com that he is meeting with Bob Arum, and that he’s prepared to tell his promoter that he wants to face Floyd over anyone else.

But Arum has too many excuses.

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