Not even a full month after defeating Robert Guerrero to retain his WBC welterweight title, Floyd Mayweather has confirmed via Twitter that he will return to the ring on September 14 at the MGM Grand against unified junior middlweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
It has been an open secret over the past few weeks that Showtime preferred Alvarez as Mayweather’s next opponent after rumored lower than expected pay-per-view sales for the Guerrero fight.
“I chose my opponent for September 14 and it’s Canelo Alvarez,” said Mayweather. “I’m giving the fans what they want. It will be at the MGM Grand.”
The main details of the bout is the weight the two fighters will meet at. Both sides have agreed to a catchweight of 152 pounds. Earlier this week, Alvarez had claimed he would only fight Mayweather at 154 pounds. Mayweather’s camp had preferred to have the fight at 147. Mayweather has only fought over welterweight twice, in two competitive wins against Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto.
Canelo, who hasn’t fought below 154 pounds in several years, said the catchweight will not be a problem.
“I feel good with that weight,” Alvarez told boxingscene.com. “Floyd obviously has fought at 154… he fought as high as 154, but for whatever reason they wanted it at that weight. I feel comfortable at that weight. The important thing is that we’re both comfortable and the fight is on.”
The September 14 bout will be the first time Mayweather has fought twice in a calendar year since 2007.
Bravo, Floyd. I wouldn’t have been mad if they decided to let this fight marinate until May 2014, but I’m happy to see this pushing forward now. Why waste time? Canelo’s win over Trout proved he can hang with the elites.
And let’s be honest — who else could Mayweather fight that fans would really care about? Devon Alexander? Ugh. Amir Khan? Unavailable. This was truly the only fight that made sense.
Although the catchweight isn’t big, I wish there wasn’t one. I truly feel Mayweather doesn’t need to be that concerned about Canelo’s size since he isn’t a fighter that relies on bullying and mauling opponents. You can bet on a Mayweather UD, but Canelo’s power and some of the improved defensive he showed against Trout will make this interesting throughout.