Mike Tyson gives his thoughts on Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul Alvarez fight

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson this week weighed in on Saturday’s junior middleweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).

Not surprisingly, he’s picking Mayweather.

“I’ve only seen ‘Canelo’ fight twice – against (Josesito) Lopez and (Austin) Trout,” Tyson said. “Trout gave him some trouble and he isn’t as experienced and as technically skilled as Floyd is. Floyd stays in tip-top shape and is a very relaxed fighter. He is at his peak. It’s going to be hard for anybody to beat Floyd now unless he doesn’t train.

“Floyd has transcended the game so much that the best fighters out there now try to emulate his style. Floyd wins by a decision.”

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

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. not shy at final news conference with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

Floyd Mayweather Jr. had a cool quote Wednesday at the final news conference promoting his junior middleweight title fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).

Mayweather touched on Alvarez’s record, which is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts.

“I’ve been here before, so I know what it takes,” Mayweather said. “He’s 42-0, but he hasn’t faced 42 Floyd Mayweathers because he’d be 0-42. I’m at the pinnacle. I’m the face of boxing and I’m dedicated to my craft.”

Mayweather, 36, is 44-0 with 26 knockouts. Alvarez, of Mexico, is 23.

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Catch today’s Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez news conference

Today’s final news conference for Saturday’s junior middleweight title mega fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be streamed live from MGM Grand in Las Vegas at 12:45 p.m.

The proceedings can be viewed via YouTube, UStream and www.sports.sho.com.

Saturday’s card will be available on Showtime pay-per-view.

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Tune in to MGM Grand arrivals for Floyd Mayweather Jr., Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will make their MGM Grand arrivals today ahead of their junior middleweight title fight there Saturday (on Showtime pay-per-view).

Alvarez is slated to arrive at 3 p.m. with Mayweather coming through at 3:30.

Other arrivals will include Lucas Matthysse at 2:30 and Danny Garcia at 2:45. They will tangle for Garcia’s super lightweight championship in the semi-main event.

The arrivals are open to the public. For those not there, they can be viewed live online at www.Sports.SHO.com/live, www.mayweatherpromotions.com and www. goldenboypromotions.com.

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Don’t miss Saturday’s third episode of ‘All Access: Mayweather vs. Canelo’

We’re not going to tell you why, but make sure you tune in Saturday at 10 p.m. on Showtime for the third episode of “All Access: Mayweather vs. Canelo.”

The documentary goes inside the camps of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who Sept. 14 will square off in a junior middleweight title fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).

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

 

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Report: Floyd Mayweather Jr. guaranteed $41.5 million for fight with Saul Alvarez

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a guaranteed purse of $41.5 million for his upcoming Sept. 14 junior middleweight title fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to be contested at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view), ESPN.com reported Wednesday.

Mayweather will break his own guaranteed-purse record of $32, which he had for his fights with Miguel Cotto in May 2012 and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero this past May.

“Floyd is the biggest star in the sport and the best in the sport, and when you’re the biggest star and you are the best, you get paid the most money,” Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, told ESPN.com. “So this comes along with the territory.”

Mayweather could make more than his guarantee depending on pay-per-view numbers, which are expected to be very high.

The bout is being co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

 

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Mayweather: Alvarez watching tape of his fight with Cotto won’t be of any help

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez recently told reporters he has spent quite a bit of time watching film of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s unanimous-decision victory over Miguel Cotto in May 2012 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Although Mayweather won by six, six and eight points on the scorecards, Cotto had a few good moments, even drawing blood from Mayweather’s nose.

Mayweather on Wednesday was asked what Alvarez might be able to take from that fight that will serve him well when they square off in a junior middleweight title fight Sept. 14 at MGM Grand (on Showtime pay-per-view).

Mayweather gave the best answer he could give.

“Only thing he can learn from the Cotto fight is how to lose,” Mayweather said.

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

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Oscar De La Hoya says Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez can do what he couldn’t

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.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. surmises Marquez, not Alvarez, most popular Mexican

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).

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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has good answer in response to question about potential

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.

 

 

 

 

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