Bob Arum: Floyd Mayweather will be too much for Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez

Bob Arum was Floyd Mayweather’s promoter for the first several years of Mayweather’s professional career, so he knows a thing or two about the fighter formerly nicknamed “Pretty Boy,” but who now uses “Money” as his moniker.

Arum on Thursday was asked to chime in on the upcoming Sept. 14 showdown between Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico. They will tangle in a junior middleweight title fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).

“I think Floyd is way too experienced for him,” Arum said during lunch at Off Vine in Hollywood. “And I wouldn’t be that surprised if late in the fight Mayweather knocks him out. That’s how I see it.”

The fight is being co-promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Arum has an ongoing feud with Golden Boy, but Arum said he will order the pay-per-view feed, which will cost $64.95.

“Sure, Yom Kippur is over (the evening of Sept. 14),” said Arum, who is Jewish. “We do a breakfast at our house for over 100 people, so we’re going to buy the fight and it comes to less than a dollar a person.”

Arum and his guests laughed.

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Tuesday’s Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul Alvarez news conference open to public

The final stop on a lengthy press tour promoting the Sept. 14 junior middleweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at MGM Grand in Las Vegas is tonight at 7:30 at Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live. It is open to the public.

This was supposed to be the second half of day-night news conferences. But the one slated for Tuesday morning in Phoenix was canceled out of respect for the 19 firefighters who lost their lives fighting a wildfire in central Arizona.

Mayweather, 36, is from Las Vegas via Grand Rapids, Mich. He is 44-0 with 26 knockouts. Alvarez, 22, is from Mexico. He is 42-0-1 with 30 knockouts. Their fight will be televised on Showtime pay-per-view.


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