Despite popular opinion that Floyd “Money” Mayweather cherry-picks his opponents, boxing’s pound-for-pound king has stepped up to the plate once again.
Late May 29, Mayweather announced to the world that his next opponent will be undefeated Mexican boxing star, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The two will meet during the Mexican Independence Day weekend.
“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.”
Floyd (44-0-0, 26 KOs) is coming off a masterful performance against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (he won a unanimous decision), a bout in which his technical boxing skills proved to be too much to handle once again. However, casual boxing fans didn’t particularly enjoy the performance due to the one-sided nature of the bout, and the fact Mayweather reverted to his defensive ways.
Canelo (42-0-1, 30 KOs) will make things a lot more interesting.
Alvarez is coming of a decision victory against Austin Trout, arguably his first win against a legitimate light-middleweight. Canelo doesn’t necessarily have the technical boxing skills to keep up with Mayweather, but he will have a decent size advantage which should even things up.
Factor that with his youth, and there’s a decent chance an entertaining bout will break out when these two square up at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on Sept. 14.
In a world when other’s like Manny Pacquiao, who like to consider themselves greats, are set to take on fighters coming off loses like Brandon Rios, it’s nice to see boxing’s pound-for-pound king take on all challengers.