Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer, has confirmed announcements via Twitter and Facebook made by undefeated pound-for-pound king, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr., earlier today, stating that he had signed on to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday – September 14th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Showtime Sports will cover the scheduled 12-round mega-fight via Pay-Per-View, and most likely utilize the CBS banner to further boost the promotional side of the event.
The 12-round bout was agreed to be fought at a catch-weight of 152 pounds. Two pounds south of Alvarez’ usual Jr. Middleweight fighting limit, and five pounds north of where Mayweather is typically used to fighting at – which is welterweight. Though Mayweather appears to be hypocritical in agreeing on a catch-weight, as he scrutinized Manny Pacquiao time and again for fighting fights at abnormal weights, it should be noted that Alvarez won his first title at a catch-weight when Team Alvarez negotiated for Matthew Hatton to go from welterweight to a stipulated 150-lb. limit for the 154-lb. title.
Mayweather(44-0, 26 KO’s), enters into his second fight of his blockbuster 6-fight deal with Showtime, and is coming off a dominant performance over Robert Guerrero this past May 4th. Meanwhile, Alvarez(42-0-1, 30 KO’s), is coming off the biggest win of his undefeated career when he soundly beat Austin Trout on April 20th by unanimous decision, lifting Trout’s WBA title in the process.
Though the fight is agreed upon at the 152-lb. weight limit, both fighters have decided to put all of their titles at stake, which include Alvarez’ WBA & WBC 154-lb. straps, while Mayweather will put his 147-lb. WBA “Super Champion” belt on the line.
TheBoxingTribune.com will keep you posted on further details of the big event, including the undercard features as they become available.