Floyd Mayweather Jr. named Fighter of the Year by boxing writers

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been named Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America for the second time.

Mayweather, 36, fought twice in 2013, thoroughly dominating both of his opponents. Mayweather won a wide decision over Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in May at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Four months later, in September at the same venue, Mayweather won a majority decision over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, taking Alvarez’s junior middleweight title along the way. That was the fight in which judge C.J. Ross unbelievably scored the fight a draw; she took an enormous amount of heat and consequently walked away from the sport. In reality, it was another one-sided victory by Mayweather.

Mayweather, 45-0 with 26 knockouts, is expected to soon announce the identity of his next opponent.

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A lot goes into selecting Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s next opponent

We should find out soon who Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s next opponent will be, but it was interesting to find out this week about the way he thinks as he is going through the process of making that choice.

According to Richard Schaefer, a lot more goes into it than just selecting the fighter.

“Floyd is the kind of fighter who fights anyone,” said Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, which helps Mayweather promote his fights. “He is obviously ultimately deciding who he’s going to fight. But at the same time, he is frankly more interested in the marketing and creating the entire atmosphere and positioning of his fight week and fight night to basically make this, as it has been the past few years, without any question the event to be at. Like the Super Bowl of boxing.
“He just likes to create these big nights where you have cards which are top-to-bottom loaded, and he gets very much invovled in that.”

Mayweather, 36, is 45-0 with 26 knockouts. In his most recent bout, he won a majority decision over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 14 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. That was the fight where judge C.J. Ross scored the fight even, making hers one of the worst scorecards of the past 50 years, or since yours truly began watching boxing as a kid.

 

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. to host Watson celebrity basketball game at CSUN

The 9th Watson Celebrity Basketball Game will be held Sunday at Cal State Northridge and the host will be none other than world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The game is played to benefit local charities and this year a portion of the proceeds will go to Lifedriven Foundation, an organization that works with children with cancer.

“It’s great to give back,” Mayweather said in a statement. “The Watson family has always been good to me. If it’s for a great cause, I am here to support it.”

Several boxers are among the celebrities expected to attend. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling 818-677-2488. They are priced at $10 for general admission and $25 for reserved seating.

 

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All Access: Mayweather vs. Alvarez epilogue on tap Wednesday night on Showtime

The epilogue for All Access: Mayweather vs. Alvarez will be televised Wednesday night on Showtime at 10 p.m. It is Showtime’s final piece of coverage for the Sept. 14 junior middleweight championship bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, won by Mayweather at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The show will take viewers behind the scenes for a look at all the drama of fight week as well as fight night

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez sets record for pay-per-view revenue

This past Saturday’s junior middleweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez won by Mayweather at MGM Grand in Las Vegas set a record for pay-per-view revenue, Showtime announced Thursday.

The previous record of $136 million was set by Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya for their 2007 fight won by Mayweather. Showtime reported that Mayweather-Alvarez, which came at a higher cost of $64.95 and even more for high definition, did about $150 million in revenue, and that could increase when all is said and done.

It is still not known if the record of actual buys was broken. That was 2.48 million for De La Hoya-Mayweather. Showtime said that so far it has tracked a projected 2.2 million buys for Mayweather-Alvarez.

The fight will be replayed on Showtime on Saturday night.

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Floyd Mayweather-Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez fight sets TV ratings record in Mexico

The junior middleweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico this past Saturday in Las Vegas had a national rating of 41.1 points in Mexico, which equates to 77-percent share, a record for a boxing event televised in Mexico.

The numbers mean some 22.1 million viewed the bout in Mexico on Televisa.

Mayweather won via majority decision.

Pay-per-view numbers in the U.S. have yet to be released by Showtime.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez replay on tap Saturday night

A replay of this past Saturday’s junior middleweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at MGM Grand in Las Vegas will be shown this Saturday on Showtime at 9 p.m.

Fans who did not purchase the pay-per-view feed will have the chance to see just how terrible the scoring was by judge C.J. Ross, who shockingly scored the bout a 114-114 draw. Even the scorecards of Dave Moretti (116-112) and Craig Metcalfe (117-111) in favor of Mayweather seemed off as most longtime boxing reporters gave Alvarez either one round, or none at all. (Mayweather won a majority decision).

Mayweather, 36, is now 45-0. Alvarez, 23, is 42-1-1.

Also, fans will get to see a replay of the semi-main event between super lightweight champion Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse. Garcia (27-0), who did a fantastic job of taking away the power of Matthysse (34-3), won a unanimous decision by scores of 114-112, 114-112 and 115-111.

 

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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez looked a bit too thin after weighing 152 pounds for Mayweather

From where most of us reporters were seated Friday at the weigh-in, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez looked ripped in the mid-section after tipping the scales at 152 pounds.

However, after a colleague sent yours truly a message saying Alvarez looked kind of sickly, we made sure to watch the tape of the weigh-in on the news late Friday night. Not that Alvarez necessarily looked sickly, but he did look like he was too skinny.

Alvarez on Saturday night will take on Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a junior middleweight title fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, site of the weigh-in, which attracted 12,200 fans. The bout will be fought at a catch-weight of 152 pounds, two under the limit (on Showtime pay-per-view).

There are those who wonder if having to lose those extra two pounds will render Alvarez listless for the fight. Time will tell, but it won’t be shocking to see Alvarez tire in the second half of the fight.

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Lines for Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez memorabilia off the charts

Much has been made about the possibility that tonight’s junior middleweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at MGM Grand in Las Vegas could break pay-per-view records.

Local Las Vegas news stations are saying there could also be record numbers for local merchants with the thousands upon thousands in town for the event.

On top of all that, there was a line Saturday morning at the Mayweather-Alvarez memorabilia line at MGM Grand that was three times longer than anything yours truly has seen in 20 years of covering boxing in Sin City.

Mayweather-Alvarez will be available on Showtime pay-per-view.

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Mayweather, Alvarez make weight before a crowd of 12,200 at MGM Grand

There were plenty of people in the boxing industry who wondered if Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico would be able to make the 152-pound catch-weight for his junior middleweight title fight Saturday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).

No problem. Alvarez on Friday weighed in at exactly 152 pounds before an almost unbelievable crowd of 12,200. That is not a misprint. Over 12,000 for a weigh-in. That should tell everybody just how big this fight has become.

The 152 pounds is two under the junior middleweight limit.

It was not going to be an issue for Mayweather. Although he has fought at junior middleweight twice before,  he is more of a welterweight. He weighed 150 1/2 pounds Friday.

Afterward, Alvarez said he had already weighed in before the weigh-in, so he was not concerned..

“I was calm as of yesterday because I knew I was going to make the weight,” he said.

Alvarez was asked about the enormous crowd, most of which was cheering for him.

“I’m happy with all the support from my fans, and tomorrow I’m going to reward them with a victory,” he said.

All that was through a translator. Before exiting the interview, in English he said, “I was born ready.”

Mayweather received some applause and lots of jeers. But just like Alvarez, his mid-section was ripped.

“I got the best trainer in the world in my corner,” he said of his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr. “(I’m) 44-0. Saturday, 45-0.”

Mayweather, 36, is 44-0 with 26 knockouts. Alvarez, 23, is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts.

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