Oscar De La Hoya squared off with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a junior middleweight title fight in May 2007 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the same venue where Mayweather will tangle with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 14 in a junior middleweight title fight (on Showtime pay-per-view).
De La Hoya did very well in the first half of the fight, but he stopped using his jab and Mayweather emerged with a split-decision victory. De La Hoya believes that Alvarez will do what he and other great fighters of Mexican descent – namely Jose Luis Castillo, Juan Manuel Marquez and Chicanito Hernandez – could not do, defeat Mayweather.
“For one thing, youth is on his side,” De La Hoya said of Alvarez, who is just 23; Mayweather is 36. “But the real advantage will be the intelligence. People will also be surprised with his speed.”
Alvarez said he first began following Mayweather fights in 2001 and 2002 when he fought Diego Corrales and Castillo, respectively. He apparently watched De La Hoya-Mayweather with great interest.
“Oscar, of course,” he said, when asked for whom he was rooting. What else was he going to say? De La Hoya’s his boss.
Mayweather is 44-0 with 46 knockouts. Alvarez is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts.
Much has been made about the popularity of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in his native Mexico. If you listen to executives from Golden Boy Promotions, they’ll tell you that Alvarez is the most popular fighter there today, that he is treated like a rock star.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn’t so sure about all that.
“Among Hispanic/Mexican/Latin fighters, I don’t really know who has the biggest following,” Mayweather said. “But if I had to say so, I would say probably (Juan Manuel) Marquez because he has accomplished more and done a lot for the sport of boxing. So I don’t support the thought that ‘Canelo’ has a bigger following than (Marquez).”
Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) and Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) will tangle in a junior middleweight title fight Sept. 14 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico just turned 23 in July. But he has 43 fights, and he is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts, so he has accomplished a lot. He was asked Tuesday at his training camp in Big Bear about his potential, and he came with a pretty cool response.
“I’ve always said that I’ve never fought to my potential, but that’s because I’ve never had an opponent to bring it out,” said Alvarez, who will take on Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a junior middleweight title fight Sept. 14 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view). “I feel that maybe Mayweather will be the one to bring it out.”
Mayweather, 36, is 44-0 with 26 knockouts and is the consensus king of the pound-for-pound poll.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will work out for the media today at his gym in Las Vegas, and it will be streamed live from 3:45-6 p.m.
Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico will square off Sept. 14 in a junior middleweight title fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).
Today’s workout can be viewed on www.sports.sho.com/live, www.goldenboypromotions.com and www.mayweatherpromotions.com. All feeds will be available on high definition.
While it’s true that Manny Pacquiao was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez in the sixth round last December in Las Vegas, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach believes that a fight between Pacquiao and pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains a hot ticket if they both get past their next fights.
Mayweather will take on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Sept. 14 in a junior middleweight title fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view). Pacquiao will square off with former lightweight champion Brandon Rios on Nov. 23 in Macao, China (on HBO pay-per-view).
“Yeah, I think the world is still very interested in that fight,” Roach, who trains Pacquiao, said Thursday at his Wild Card gym in Hollywood. “We don’t hear as much about it as we once did, but the thing is it’s still the biggest fight in the world, I think. Mayweather’s got like four fights left after this on his contract (with Showtime). He doesn’t have four opponents without putting Manny Pacquiao in there as one of them. I think he’ll have to fight him sometime within the next year.”
Roach suggested anything less than a sterling performance against Rios could hurt the chances of that fight finally being made.
“The thing is,” Roach said, “we need to look good in this fight.”
Since the Sept. 14 junior middleweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at MGM Grand in Las Vegas is going to be such a huge event, it’s not surprising to hear that the Showtime pay-per-view feed is going to cost fans $64.95.
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, revealed that to reporters from BoxingScene.com and RingTV.com after Tuesday’s news conference in Los Angeles. It will be $74.95 for high definition.
Mayweather, 36, is 44-0 with 26 knockouts. Alvarez, of Mexico City, is just 22. He is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts.
The fight sold out in one day, but there are tickets left for closed-circuit showings at various Las Vegas hotels. They are going for $100 a pop.
Tickets for the Sept. 14 junior middleweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at MGM Grand in Las Vegas are already sold out, less than 24 hours after they went on sale, Golden Boy Promotions announced Wednesday.
“This sellout doesn’t surprise me because this is what happens when the best fight the best,” said Mayweather, who will be putting his record of 44-0 and 26 knockouts on the line.
The bout will be televised on Showtime pay-per-view. It will also be available on closed-circuit at six MGM properties – Aria, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, New York-New York, Monte Carlo and The Mirage.
Alvarez, at 22, is 14 years Mayweather’s junior. He is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts.
Tickets for the Sept. 14 junior middleweight title unification bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico at MGM Grand in Las Vegas will go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. (PST), Golden Boy Promotions has announced.
Prices are $350, $600, $1,000, $1,500 and $2,000. (Only two tickets per person are available at the $350 level). Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, or by going online to www.ticketmaster.com or www.mgmgrand.com.
Mayweather, 36, is 44-0 with 26 knockouts. Alvarez, just 22, is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts. Their fight will be available on Showtime pay-per-view.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will tangle Sept. 14 in a junior middleweight title-unification bout at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view). If Alvarez hands Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) his first defeat, Richard Schaefer believes the aftermath could be unprecedented.
Alvarez, just 22, is treated like a rock star in his native Mexico. He also has a huge following in the U.S., what with its large population of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans.
“If ‘Canelo’ wins, can you imagine what that would do?” said Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, which promotes Alvarez. “Oh my gosh. He sold 40,000 tickets (for his fight against Austin Trout in April in San Antonio) before beating a Mayweather. So can you just imagine? I can see him fighting at the Coliseum right here in downtown Los Angeles in front of 150,000 people and setting an all-time record.”
Alvarez is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts.