Mayweather picks Alvarez for September 14 fight

Floyd Mayweather faces WBC/WBA champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on Mexican Independence Day, September 14th.

 

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Tom Hogan/Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

 

Floyd Mayweather faces WBC/WBA champion Saul Alvarez on Mexican Independence Day, September 14th.

 

Mayweather announced on twitter, he has picked Alvarez as he is “Giving the fans what they want.”

 

The fight will be held at a catch weight of 152 pounds (68.8kg) meaning Mayweather will be upping his weight to face Alvarez.

 

Alvarez (44-0, 26KOs) is a 22 year old Mexican champion who has developed a huge fan following, filling stadiums in Mexico and in the U.S.

 

He is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Austin Trout who was previously undefeated.

 

Many see Alvarez as next in line to take the throne as ‘pay per view king’ by beating Mayweather.

 

Floyd Mayweather (44-0, 26KOs) is looking to defend his pound for pound mantle, the fight will be his third foray into the junior middleweight division to unify the WBC, WBA and RING Magazine belts.

 

The bout marks the second of his six fight agreement with Showtime and will be televised live from the MGM Grand on Showtime pay per view.

 

Mayweather will earn a record breaking base purse in excess of $40 million, topping his previous record of $32 million against Miguel Cotto in 2012, confirming his status as Forbes’ highest paid athlete.

 

The showdown looks to be the biggest fight since the Mayweather versus Oscar De La Hoya showdown and the biggest non heavyweight fight of all time.

 

On September 14 we will see whether youth or experience will prevail.

 

Written by Adam Vrahnos

 

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