Lost in the shuffle of the excitement over Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao agreeing to the biggest boxing match since these two became worldwide megastars by defeating Oscar De La Hoya is how both fighters needed this bout.
No one is going to cry poverty when it comes to Mayweather or Pacquiao. The former is in the midst of a six-fight contract with Showtime Sports that at the time was called the “richest individual athlete deal in all of sports,” per Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes.
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Ric Flair once said, “To be the man, you gotta beat the man.” Apparently, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez never adopted this philosophy.
Alvarez, whose audacity burns as bright as his fiery red hair, challenged American Floyd Mayweather Jr. to a twelve-round, 154lbs bout in 2013. The bout broke records, becoming the highest grossing boxing PPV of all time. The match also obliterated Canelo’s then-undefeated professional record. Boxing media and fans alike widely held that Mayweather’s victory over Alvarez that evening was significantly more lopsided than its split decision outcome reflected.1
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Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya has severely limited Floyd Mayweather’s fight options on Cinco de Mayo Weekend, more specifically May 2.
Perhaps the hottest date real estate in boxing, Cinco de Mayo Saturday has been on lockdown by Floyd for the last several years.
Will ‘Cinco de May…weather’ be in full effect once again in 2015?
If Team Mayweather opts to face someone other than Manny Pacquiao on May 2, Floyd faces the possibility of getting whooped, or at least severely dimimished, on his own coveted weekend.
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WBA ‘regular’ junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12KOs) sat down with BoxingScene.com to discuss the biggest fight of his career, scheduled for July 12th against Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (43-1-1, 31KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight will headline a Showtime Pay-Per-View event.
Lara has been chasing down a fight with Canelo since 2012. He confronted the Mexican star last month, at the post-fight press conference following Canelo’s tenth round TKO victory over Alfredo Angulo. Now Lara gets his wish.
BoxingScene.com: What are your thoughts on Canelo selecting you for his next fight?
Erislandy Lara: I believe if Canelo wanted to be considered a true fighter he had no choice but to fight me. Don’t forget, I was the one who flew out from Houston to jump on stage and demand this fight, not him. I was the one who called for this fight, not him. I want to thank the fans and the media because they pushed for this fight as well. This is the fight the fans wanted and I’m happy we will give it to them. Fans are number one.
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Floyd Mayweather’s arms are raised in a 20-story image that has been on the facade of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for most of the last few years.
“Home of the Champion” it reads.
And inside, there’s plenty of promotional material for his upcoming May 3 fight against Marcos Maidana, the ninth consecutive time he will have fought at the casino.
But that isn’t sitting well with Bob Arum, the Top Rank boss who has a fight of his own at MGM Grand this weekend.
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