Golden Boy Pushes Mayweather vs. Canelo for December
Although not fought with fists, these wars are just as brutal and can leave the losers stranded on the battlefield…
When two fighters finally step into the ring, it typically follows a war between multiple camps that outsiders rarely get to see. Although not fought with fists, these wars are just as brutal and can leave the losers stranded on the battlefield. And when the opportunity comes along to fight someone like Floyd Mayweather, who guarantees a million pay-per-view buys on his name alone, you can expect “by any means necessary” strategies to be in play.
Confidential sources inside Golden Boy tell Boxing.com that Oscar and his team are working feverishly to push a Canelo Alvarez vs. Mayweather fight for this coming December in Las Vegas. Implementing a “last man standing” line of attack, they are using their influence and power to make sure that Canelo is the only fighter available at the time, thus leveraging Mayweather into the fight.
As usual with the best laid plans of men, there is always a hitch, some fly in the ointment that disrupts the mission. And in this case it’s that pesky Robert Guerrero. Guerrero let it be known last November he had a thing for Mayweather. And like the pit bull that he is, he’s clamped down on the leg of this notion and refuses to let go.
Golden Boy is trying hard to get Guerrero to fight Andre Berto, which is a fight he does not want. They are reportedly throwing gobs of money at The Ghost in an attempt to wear him down but it doesn’t seem to be working. Guerrero’s position is that he’s answered the questions that Mayweather had about him earlier. He successfully moved up two weight classes in his impressive fight against the previously unbeaten Selcuk Aydin. His earlier shoulder injury gave him no problems and he is currently in excellent health. He also showed everyone that he was free of ring rust after his long layoff. So Guerrero wants to know: “What’s the holdup?”
Canelo is a much bigger draw than Guerrero. His rabid fan base in Mexico will mean added revenue to a Mayweather event, but probably only to the tune of 300K to 400K buys as most Mexicans can’t afford pay-per-view.
It’s no secret that Mayweather wants to be the only one to make any money from his fights. His embarrassing offer to Pacquiao and the breadcrumb deal that Ortiz accepted will not work with Canelo. Alvarez will demand a lot more money and rightfully so. But after doing the math, which fight will mean more for Mayweather? Guerrero seems to be interested in other payoffs beside money. He would likely accept a flat fee payment for a Mayweather deal, leaving the bulk of the booty to Floyd.
Golden Boy’s approach makes sense. Pacquiao will be busy with Tim Bradley and both Lamont Peterson and Berto are tainted goods. Amir Khan is now at the back of the line and Mayweather has already beaten Marquez in dominating fashion. As far as Mayweather is concerned, Ortiz is been-there-done-that, so all that’s left are some B-level fighters like Marcos Maidana and Devon Alexander. Canelo and Guerrero appear to be the only options.
Both fights should be highly competitive but Guerrero at 29 and with his vast championship experience should be more mature and mentally prepared. Canelo holds the WBC junior middleweight title but only had to defeat Matthew Hatton to get it. He’s recently faced a damaged Kermit Cintron and over-the-hill Shane Mosley—but no one near the level of Mayweather or Pacquiao. At the tender age of 22, it might behoove him to get a little more quality competition under his belt before biting off more than he can chew.
Guerrero claims he’s the one that can beat Mayweather. He claims to have studied Mayweather exhaustively and has Floyd “figured out.” He also has in his possession the interim WBC welterweight belt and has said repeatedly “If Mayweather wants his belt, tell him to come and get it.”