Richard Schaefer told this newspaper Wednesday that any notion that Floyd Mayweather Jr. won’t be able to make his next fight – slated for Sept. 14 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas – because of an injured right hand, is off base.
Schaefer said not only is Mayweather going to be able to keep that date, he’s already negotiating for super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to be his opponent.
“I’ve started having conversations and I’m planning on probably getting together some time later this week with Al Haymon (Mayweather’s adviser) and talk to Canelo as well, and see if it can get done,” Schaefer said.
Mayweather injured his hand during his successful welterweight title defense against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero this past Saturday at MGM Grand.
“His hand is OK,” said Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, which has helped Mayweather promote his past several fights. “He had it checked out and it was just bruised, so it’s all good and he’s going to go Sept. 14.”
This was in response to rival promoter Bob Arum telling us this week he thought Mayweather hurt his right hand enough during that fight that he would likely not be ready for Sept. 14. That would mean Arum would not have to move the welterweight title fight he is promoting between Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez that same night at Thomas & Mack Center, just a couple of miles down the street from MGM Grand.
Arum understandably does not want to go against Mayweather on the same night in Las Vegas, and he would move to Oct. 12 at Thomas & Mack if Mayweather keeps the September date.