I chose my opponent for September 14th and it's Canelo Alvarez. I'm giving the fans what they want. It will be at the MGM Grand.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) May 30, 2013
On Wednesday the undefeated pound-for-pound boxing kingpin Floyd Mayweather Jr. (aka the 50-million-dollar-man) announced he will meet the 22 year-old also undefeated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 14th.
“Money” Mayweather (44-0) who holds a welterweight and junior middleweight world title comes into the fight off an unanimous decision victory over Roberto Guerrero while Canelo is coming off of an unanimous decision victory against Austin Trout where he unified the WBC, WBA and The Ring Magazine Light-Middleweight titles. I know, I know, if you don’t follow boxing it seems like there is a ridiculous amount of weight classes, titles and promotions, well, because there is. For this fight though, all that matters is the two will meet at a catch-weight of 152 pounds.
I say it is about time boxing fans are given the fight that we want to see. All those years of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather flirting with the idea of fighting each became null and void when Manny got KO’ed by Marquez in a pointless fourth fight (who the hell fights the same person four times any more??) and all that fruitless posturing between the two camps left a lot of boxing fans with a sour taste in their mouth.
Thankfully we won’t miss out on the closest thing to a super fight the world of boxing has to offer us. Whether you love him or hate him, and a lot of people sure do hate him, Mayweather is an absolute beast with some of the quickest hands the sport of boxing has ever seen. On September 14th he will get one hell of a test in Canelo, an undefeated young gun with the power to put “Money” to sleep.
I’m getting chills just thinking about it.
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