Undisputed star of boxing and the highest paid athlete in the world, Floyd Mayweather challenges the rising Mexican star Saul Alvarez on Saturday in a battle that smells of powder and allow the American line a little bank account.
The unbeaten Floyd Mayweather (44 wins in 44 fights since his professional debut) Will it stop Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (battle at 3am, French time)? The American, undisputed star of boxing unfortunately for her in a serious situation, faces in the person of Mexican Saul Alvarez opponent probably the most dangerous he had in front of him for several years. Since his fight against Ricky Hatton in 2007, maybe.
In Boxing, Each His Its Time And Now It’s Mine.
Aged 23 years, Alvarez, protected from Oscar De La Hoya is already champion WBC world super welterweight title and has 42 victories in the professionals (1 draw)! It is a roller (30 successfully before the deadline), a boxer who knows only tactics, forward. And because of his young age did not shy at the time to confront the greatest boxer he never challenged. “Floyd is considered the best but I want to fight because I want to be the best. In boxing, each has its time and now it is mine, said the sheer redhead who looks more like an Irishman than a Mexican. I’m younger and beefier, what will make the difference. This is the biggest fight of my life but it’s been a while that I prepared in my head. “
In his head and his body also. To play this fight against the WBA world champion (note: the fight this Saturday will play the WBC and WBA belts), Alvarez has indeed agreed to lose weight, the two men who set the limit at 68.950 kg or a kilo less than the upper limit of the super welterweight (69.853). An additional difficulty for the challenger while Mayweather, 8 times world champion in five different categories, has already had to deal with such changes in weight. The physical difference, however, may be large between the two men, Mayweather usually taking no more than 2 pounds between the weigh-in and the fight while Alvarez can take eight and has fought in nearly 78 pounds.
$ 41 Million Provided For Mayweather.
The U.S. is still fantastic though decided, at age 36, to stay the king. “I feel blessed to be on top for 17 years, I want to offer fans a hell of a fight,” promised the richest sportsman in the world according to Forbes magazine (its revenues for 2013 are estimated at $ 90 million) . Suspicious, Mayweather ensures that “can not underestimate” “Canelo” Alvarez. “This is a young champion, he has done well to highlight the things to get to this level,” he says. But if the American, who was never able to challenge Manny Pacquiao, the other star of the sport, called the fight against rising star, it is to put the record straight and show everyone that remains the number one.
The fight raises wildest expectations and 17,000 places of MGM will obviously all occupied. The duel, broadcast by more than 150 television, could break records in pay-per-view: that the number of buyers (2.5 million in 2007 … Mayweather-De La Hoya) and total revenue (132 million dollars for that fight). It will already Mayweather to justify a little more his nickname “Money.” Thanks to the huge contract signed earlier this year with Showtime and CBS for six fights ($ 200 million excluding revenues from pay-per-view), the American is guaranteed to win at least $ 41.5 million on Saturday . Win or lose, that a boxing or twelve rounds