To no one’s surprise, the May 3 Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana welterweight title-unification bout will take place at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a spokeswoman for Golden Boy Promotions confirmed Wednesday.
A deal for the fight was reached Feb. 24 – the day Mayweather turned 37. But until Wednesday the site remained up in the air – though Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer told this newspaper it most likely would be at the Las Vegas casino where Mayweather has fought 11 times.
The bout will be available on Showtime pay-per-view.
Mayweather is 45-0 with 26 knockouts. Maidana, of Argentina, is 30. He has a record of 35-3 with 31 knockouts.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.