By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
The most anticipated fight of the year is here! Two undefeated champions will throw punches at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, September 14, as American boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) faces Mexican boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs). The match will air on Showtime Pay-Per-View (PPV), and is already breaking records as Mayweather rakes in an all-time high $41.5 million for the biggest purse in boxing history!
That’s not the only cash record likely to be crushed, as over 2.6 million PPV buys are predicted for the event. With an average of $70 per view, tomorrow’s fight is looking to beat the all-time money record for the highest-earning boxing event in history. As for Canelo, who’s relatively new compared to Mayweather, ESPN’s Dan Rafael predicts he’ll be making around $12 million.
The boxers are excited as well, sharing their perspectives on the coming challenge. “Its fight time, what else can I say? If the game plan is to keep pressure, I can handle it. If the game plan is to out-box me, nobody can out box me,” said Mayweather at the final press conference. “You have to be able to out match me mentally, and I’m the strongest mental fighter in the sport of boxing… I’ve been here before so I know what it takes. He’s 42-0, but he hasn’t faced 42 Floyd Mayweathers because he’d be 0-42. I’m at the pinnacle. I’m the face of boxing and I’m dedicated to my craft.” The 36-year-old Mayweather, who’s around 146 lbs, will be facing off against Canelo’s 153 lbs. However, given that Mayweather’s entered the ring 44 times and walked away 44 times with a win, makes him a truly dangerous foe for the Mexican all-star.
As for the 23-year-old Canelo, he’s looking to dethrone the king of boxing. “I’ve studied him. I know his style and I know what he’s going to do,” said Alvarez at the press event. “I’m confident I will win because I know everything about him. I’ve prepared for everything… It’s important from the opening bell to fight smart and not fall into his game plan. I need to stick to my plan, not fall into his.” Already hyped as the next Oscar De La Hoya, expectations are high for Canelo. He’s the biggest and strongest opponent that Mayweather’s ever faced, but “Money” knows how to find his opponent’s weaknesses.
Expert opinions differ wildly on who will come out on top. Some view this as a fight that can only hurt Mayweather’s career and help Canelo’s. Others, like Stephen Espinoza, Showtime’s top boxing executive, have no idea how it will end. “It’s hard to predict where we’ll end up on this fight,” he said, before comparing Canelo to his mentor, De La Hoya. “De La Hoya /Mayweather was a perfect storm. Oscar was at the peak. Floyd was just starting to make a lot of noise. You had the perfect good guy/bad guy storyline. It’s hard to replicate that.”
As for Shane Mosley, who has fought and lost to both Alvarez (in 2012) and Mayweather (in 2010), he explains that they each have their strengths. “Mayweather will beat you with speed. He might cheap-shot you. He does all things necessary to win a fight,” said Mosley. “You can underestimate Canelo Alvarez because of his baby face, thinking this guy can’t be on the same level, and he can fool you. He does have a lot of speed and the sort of power that Mayweather hasn’t seen in a few years.”