You wanted it, you're going to get it.
Shortly after 10 PM ET on Thursday evening, Floyd Mayweather Tweeted the news about his next fight, and foe.
“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.”
Showtime boxing boss Stephen Espinoza confirmed to TSS that the Tweet is the truth, that Floyd will test the kid in Vegas.
The pound for pound ace, who looked as good as he has in God knows how long in having his way with Robert Guerrero on May 5, will be in with another younger, fresher foe.
The Mexican Alvarez is 22, and turns 23 on July 18. He has a 42-0-1 mark, with 30 KOs, and last gloved up on April 20, when he scored a UD12 over Austin Trout. That fight was closer than some of the cards had it, many said, however, so I'm doubting that any and all Floyd haters will be silenced with the pick.
Alvarez is a certified 154 pounder, while the 36-year-old Floyd (44-0) fought Guerrero at 147 pounds. He fought Miguel Cotto, in his previous scrap, at junior middleweight, however. Richard Schaefer on RingTV said the Mayweather-Canelo clash will be a “catch-weight” clash, set for 152 pounds or less. Floyd will draw some scorn for that move, seeing as how he's taken aim at Manny Pacquiao plenty for seeking catchweights. His backers and mega-rooters will note that despite the catchweight clause, the beefy Canelo will likely have a good 15 plus pounds on Floyd on fight night.
I don't see anyone from 147-160 being able to really test the Floyd who moved so masterfully against Guerrero and hold smaller-than-miniscule hopes for a catch-weight dream fight with Mayweather against Andre Ward. That's a long way of saying I don't think Alvarez does more than two rounds better than Guerrero did; but I could be wrong, Lord knows I prove that every day. Readers, what say you about Mayweather-Canelo on Sept. 14?
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