On Wednesday night, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. announced via his Twitter account that his next fight would be September 14 against Canelo Alvarez. This sent the boxing world into a frenzy, as this is a fight fans have wanted to see since Mayweather’s latest victory over Robert Guerrero.
The fight will take place just four months after the fight with Guerrero. The last time Mayweather fought four months apart was back in 2001.
Mayweather vs. Alvarez will be a WBA/WBC super welterweight unification fight held at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada. Showtime will broadcast the pay-per-view, as Mayweather has a 6-fight deal with Showtime.
Alvarez is bigger than Mayweather, but the two have agreed to fight at 152, where Floyd usually fights at 147. The Mexico native has never been beaten, like Mayweather, and is 42-0-1. He will look to be the first man to beat Mayweather who is 44-0.
A year ago it seemed inevitable that Floyd Mayweather would fight Manny Pacquiao at some point, but that has yet to be seen. Fans all over the world have wanted to see that fight happen for some time now, but the two could never reach an agreement. A lot of that talk went out the window when Pacquiao was knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez back in December.
The fans will get the second best fight they wanted, which has potential to be the second biggest non-heavyweight fight ever on pay-per-view. This could top the 1.5 million buys that Mayweather and Miguel Cotto got, which would make the money man even more money. According to Forbes, if the fight does indeed top the 1.5 million buys, it would likely garner $105 million, giving Mayweather roughly $50 million.
The fight should be very interesting as the speed and counter punch of Mayweather will go up against the power of Alvarez. The early betting odds have Mayweather favored at 2-1.