Canelo Alvarez lost for just the second time in his boxing career on Saturday night, and now he is hearing it from the man responsible for the first loss.
The four-division world champion Alvarez got upset in his light heavyweight title bout with Dmitry Bivol. Alvarez was thoroughly outboxed throughout the fight and lost by unanimous decision after the bout went the distance.
After Bivol was announced as the winner on Saturday, retired boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr. trolled Alvarez on Instagram. Mayweather revealed that he had bet $10,000 on Bivol, who was a massive +425 underdog, to defeat Alvarez. The bet netted Mayweather $42,500 in profit.
“Easy pick up,” wrote Mayweather in his caption.
Mayweather and Alvarez previously met in the ring in Sept. 2013. Alvarez, who was only 23 years old at the time, entered that fight a perfect 42-0-1 in his career. But Mayweather put on a trademark defensive masterpiece and handed Alvarez the first loss of his pro career.
Alvarez had not lost again since though and had been drawing comparisons to Mayweather as one of boxing’s all-time greats (even though the two have different fighting styles). As such, Alvarez’s loss to Bivol (plus the money he made off it) had to feel pretty good for Mayweather, especially since Alvarez recently took a bit of a shot at Mayweather on social media as well.
During Floyd Mayweather Jr’s boxing career, fans used to complain about their viewing experiences watching Mayweather put on mundane, defense-oriented fights one after the other. Now ironically enough, Mayweather is complaining about his viewing experience with another sport.
“What I don’t like, what’s going on with athletes nowadays, the NBA players, they’ll play a couple games and take a couple games off,” Mayweather said. “That’s not cool. With that type of money, if you’re not hurt, you need to be out there playing because these people pay a lot of money for these NBA players to entertain.”
“Load management” has certainly become a common (and divisive) practice in the NBA over the last several years. While the argument goes that players like Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Kobe Bryant regularly used to play all 82 games in a season, the counterpoint is that basketball is more physically taxing to play these days with the quicker pace (compared to the ’90s and ’00s), the need to defend all the way out to the three-point line and past, and the evolution of athletes to become stronger and more explosive.
Floyd Mayweather may not have worn quite enough bling to the Miami Heat game over the weekend.
The legendary boxer attended the Heat’s matchup against the San Antonio Spurs at FTX Arena in Miami on Saturday. Mayweather was totally iced out with what appeared to be no fewer than 187 chains around his neck.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is among the influencers being sued for hyping a failed cryptocurrency investment.
An investor named Ryan Huegerich filed a class action lawsuit on January 7 in which he alleged that Mayweather and other celebrities promoted a cryptocurrency called “EthereumMax” in a pump-and-dump scheme.
The suit alleges that Mayweather, along with Kim Kardashian and Paul Pierce, were paid to hype up EthereumMax. EthereumMax has no connection to the widely known cryptocurrency and internet platform, Ethereum.
Mayweather made EthereumMax the official cryptocurrency for his fight with Logan Paul last year.
The suit argues that thanks to the hype generated by these celebrities, including Mayweather, the price of EthereumMax spiked 1,370 percent at its peak, while trading volume increased by over 600 percent. The price of EthereumMax then crashed 98 percent, leaving those who purchased the asset amid the hype and did not sell, holding worthless assets. You can see the EthereumMax chart here.
The celebrities who promoted the digital tokens, as well as the EthereumMax founders, are accused of selling their assets after the price was pumped up.
Mayweather was fined in 2018 by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for hyping up cryptocurrency without disclosing he had been paid to do so.
Mayweather lives in Vegas, which helps explain his presence at the game. Koepka was in Vegas taking on Bryson DeChambeau for the latest installment of “The Match” earlier in the day.
Duke won the game 84-81 to hand Gonzaga its first loss of the season.
Wondering what Mayweather and Koepka were doing sitting next to each other? Maybe they both just wanted premium seats for the premium event and coincidentally were next to each other. Or maybe we’re going to see them starring in a buddy cop movie together next.
Floyd Mayweather faced Logan Paul in a boxing exhibition match in June. Five months later, Mayweather is finally admitting the harsh truth about the exhibition.
Paul, 26, is a social media personality. Though he has an athletic background, he is far from a professional boxer. That’s why people were so surprised — and impressed — that Paul lasted eight rounds against Mayweather and looked pretty good. No winner was announced in the fight because it was an exhibition, but Paul was commended for his effort.
Now Mayweather is here to finally set the record straight.
Mayweather spoke with Fight Hub TV for an interview at the WBC convention on Wednesday. During the interview, the undefeated former boxing champion was asked if he missed boxing. He said no and noted how he recently took on Paul. That’s when he shared the truth.
“We had fun, we gave the people just a little bit of entertainment, something to do. And people got to know there is a difference between a real fight and an exhibition,” Mayweather said.
“When I did an exhibition … all I did was workout from time-to-time, then I went and done a little 8-round exhibition. If it was a real fight, it would have been a blowout in the first round.”
And there you have it.
Those who know boxing know that Mayweather carried both Conor McGregor and Paul in their bouts. Against McGregor, Mayweather let the fight go 10 rounds before winning via TKO. With Paul, he let the fight go the distance.
Mayweather views these fights as business and entertainment. He’s putting on shows and trying to give the audience their money’s worth by letting the fight go on long rather than ending them early. The fights may be shams, but they are lucrative for Mayweather, so he has an interest in perpetuating the notion that he might lose. It’s surprising that he even let this slip out, but maybe he couldn’t contain himself.
Manny Pacquiao’s lone shot at Floyd Mayweather came in 2015, years after what was acknowledged to be Pac-Man’s prime. The Filipino fighter also had a shoulder injury that he claims limited him significantly in the fight, even resulting in a lawsuit.
Pacquiao has continued to fight professionally since then, while Mayweather has retired and only engages in highly-paid exhibitions. Pac-Man has been dying for a rematch since then, but Mayweather rescinded his offer for one.
Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach says that Manny still wants another shot at Mayweather.
“But exhibitions? No. Manny is not into that. Manny has boxing fans. That’s what we’re after.”
There is no way Mayweather will agree to a real fight. He’s done with those and is only open to exhibitions where he earns tons of money. And the exhibitions aren’t against someone who could do as much damage to him as Manny could.
Unfortunately for Manny, he needs to kiss that dream of a rematch goodbye. He needs to settle for fights against younger, tougher opponents now.
The listing says the house contains an “indoor movie theater, gym, game room, large ground floor entertainment area, smart house systems, and elevator.”
Mayweather, who retired as a professional boxer with a 50-0 record, has a collection of properties in his real estate portfolio. Since retiring as a pro, he has fought in a few exhibitions, where he has raked in multiple millions. He reportedly made $8 million for one exhibition, and another $10 million plus a cut of pay-per-view sales in his Logan Paul fight, which some thought included funny business.
Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have chosen very different paths in life late in their boxing careers.
Mayweather last fought a true boxer when he faced Andre Berto in Sept. 2015 to go to 49-0. After that, Mayweather beat Conor McGregor two years later in his final professional fight, making him 50-0. Mayweather has participated in boxing exhibitions since then, taking on Logan Paul, as well as Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, continues to face tough opponents in boxing. He has gone 5-1 since 2016, beating the likes of Timothy Bradley, Lucas Matthysse and Keith Thurman. He is facing yet another tough opponent in Errol Spence Jr. on August 21.
Pacquiao took a swipe at Mayweather when comparing their choices in opponents.
“I can take a YouTuber, I can take a non-boxer. But I just pick one of the best. … Boxing is my passion. I want a real fight,” Pacquiao said in an interview with promoter PBC.
This choice seems to define them.
Pacquiao was never afraid to fight anyone, and his record shows that. Mayweather is extremely talented and skilled, but he took a business-like approach to the ring. He tried to maximize his revenue, while minimizing his risk. That produced the best financial returns for him, but came at the cost of his legacy.