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.”
It’s time to rejoice, fight fans, because the fight that figures to be a blockbuster in every way was made Wednesday, as Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced via Twitter that he will take on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico in a junior middleweight title-unification bout Sept. 14 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).
“I chose my opponent for September 14th and it’s Canelo Alvarez,” Mayweather tweeted. “I’m giving the fans what they want. It will be at the MGM Grand.”
Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, confirmed to this newspaper via telephone an accord has been reached for the fight that will be contested at a catch-weight of 152 pounds, two under the junior middleweight limit.
“One hundred percent,” Ellerbe said. “Most definitely, we’re ecstatic. Floyd is ecstatic. This is the fight he wanted, the biggest fight out there in boxing that could be made. He
made it very clear to me and (adviser) Al (Haymon) that this is the fight he wanted.”
Mayweather currently holds belts in the welterweight and junior middleweight divisions. His junior middleweight title will be on the line, as will Alvarez’s two titles.
Mayweather, 36, is coming off a unanimous decision over Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in a welterweight title defense May 4 at MGM Grand. Alvarez, 22, most recently defeated Austin Trout in a title-unification fight in April at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Alvarez, who fights under the Golden Boy Promotions banner, is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts. Mayweather is 44-0 with 26 knockouts.
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, told this newspaper Tuesday that negotiations are ongoing for a fight between welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico. The fight would take place Sept. 14 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Schaefer was asked if he is confident it will get done.
“Yes,” he said. “I’m a positive-thinking guy. But you never know. With these big, big fights, sometimes they don’t. The only thing I can do is keep working and see what happens.”
Schaefer said the word should come soon.
“The good thing is I don’t think we have to wait too long to find out because there are certain deadlines which have to be met because Sept. 14 is not that far away,” he said.
Stephen Espinoza, executive vice-president and general manager of Showtime Sports, told this newspaper Friday morning that stories speculating that this past Saturday’s Showtime pay-per-view presentation of the welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at MGM Grand in Las Vegas did not do well and that Showtime lost money, are false.
“Numbers are still coming in, but we’ve got enough of the report that we are confident in saying we will be over 1 million buys,” Espinoza said. “Not sure how much yet, a lot of that will be determined over the next few weeks.”
Espinoza said Mayweather generating that many buys against a fighter who is not quite a huge name, is even more impressive.
“Without having a very well-known opponent, it really is a testament to Floyd’s drawing power,” Espinoza said.
Espinoza was asked about the scuttlebutt that Showtime lost money.
“There are some numbers out there floating around that we had to do X or Y in order to break even,” he said. “No idea where they came from. … But we are very happy with the result of over a millon buys. And the rumors of our financial demise are greatly exaggerated, if not completely untrue.
“No one realy has any basis for writing about that break-even point because that is something only we know.”
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions – which helps Mayweather promote his fights – is now working on a Mayweather-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight for Sept. 14 at MGM Grand.
Espinoza said if that fight gets made, the promotion would likely include even more platforms than were used for Mayweather-Guerrero, which utilized Showtime’s parent company – CBS.
“It would certainly be adjusted to include more of the Spanish-language production,” Espinoza said.