Money May’s Payday

“Pretty Boy” Floyd “Money” Mayweather (44-0, 26 KO’s) will put his undefeated record on the line this weekend against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1 32 KO’s) in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel.  Mayweather will receive one of the largest paydays in the history of the sport with an estimated purse of $41.5 Million, which is certain to grow even larger with the share of TV money. Translated into Canelo’s home currency, that would be something like 542 million Pesos. Mayweather was involved in the most lucrative fight in boxing history when he fought Alvarez’s promoter on Cinco De Mayo in 2007.

The fight dubbed “The One” is being promoted by “Golden Boy” Promotions, which represents Alvarez with Mayweather’s cooperation. The fight will air on Showtime Pay-Per View, which – to my shock and dismay – lured Mayweather away from HBO Boxing with a six-fight contractual agreement that will easily exceed $200 Million. This six-fight deal should last for about 2 more years as he already fought back in May, and by averaging two fights a year it’ll allow Mayweather to potentially retire 50-0 and walk away the richest boxer in the history of the sport.

This fight will certainly be one to watch as Alvarez has earned this opportunity to be in the ring with Floyd.  Despite the off-putting $75 price tag, the fight should be competitive; that is, if you’re a fan of boxing.  It isn’t going to be a slugfest.  There will be no trading of punches.  Mayweather will systematically and grindingly break down Alvarez round by round, winning on the scorecard. Floyd will more than likely exit the ring very much the same way he entered: without a mark on him.  Alvarez’ conditioning better be up to snuff because he’s going to be chasing Mayweather for most of the fight. Mayweather will use his jab and ring prowess to wear down his opponent.

The greatest advantage that Alvarez will bring to the ring is his ability to knockout Mayweather with one punch. Alvarez possesses a lot of power in his 5′ 8″ frame.  But so what?  Mayweather’s speed and defense has been tested 44 times and he is undefeated. If Canelo is able to land some power punches early he better be able to follow through with that one big punch or, well, 45-0.

This fight is the biggest draw of the sport after Manny Pacquiao was knocked out by Marquez, which promptly shifted all eyes to Canelo Alvarez as next-in-line.  Alvarez was already slated to become the next PPV draw but this fight sets him up for a huge payday if he can achieve the unthinkable and defeat Mayweather, who is currently a +230 to win which speaks plainly to Alvarez’ predicament.  Mayweather is a -270 to maintain his undefeated record.

The last person to step into the ring with Mayweather was Ricky Hatton in 2007, and he was beaten to a pulp in notching the first loss of his career.  At 23, Canelo Alvarez is far better equipped to beat the 36-year-old Mayweather than Hatton was six years ago.  Alvarez is just entering the prime of his boxing career.  Power and youth suggests that Mayweather better be prepared to deal with some heavy hits.

Floyd Mayweather has never suffered a knockdown scored against him. The PPV audience (including me) is about to pay $75 per to see some kind of history set on Saturday Night.