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.
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, told this newspaper just the other day he was putting together an unprecedented press tour for the Sept. 14 junior middleweight title-unification fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).
He wasn’t just whistling Dixie. The 11-stop tour will begin June 24 in New York City and culminate July 2 in Los Angeles. On three days – June 26, July 1 and July 2 – there will be two stops, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
The good news for fans is, they are all open to the public. We’ll keep everyone updated regarding times and places.
Mayweather, of Las Vegas via Grand Rapids, Mich., is 44-0 with 26 knockouts. Alvarez, of Mexico, is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts. They will fight at a catch-weight of 152 pounds, two under the limit.
There were some boxing insiders who didn’t think a fight would be made between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Well, that junior middleweight title-unification bout for Sept. 14 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view) was announced Wednesday.
The thing that was supposed to kill the fight was weight. Alvarez is a big junior middleweight and would not have been able to get down to welterweight. Mayweather holds titles in both the welterweight and junior middleweight divisions, but he is considered more of a welterweight. They agreed to fight at a catch-weight of 152 pounds – two under the junior middleweight limit. Problem solved, and that made Golden Boy Promotions executives very happy.
“I’m just happy we made it,” said Eric Gomez, matchmaker and vice president at Golden Boy. “There were a lot of doubters. Talking to (Golden Boy CEO) Richard (Schaefer) and Oscar, we knew Floyd would do it because he’s a fighter. He’s a bad (dude). And you don’t get there by dodging anybody.”