Maybe you’ve heard Floyd Mayweather Jr. is in a big fight again tonight, this time against Canelo Alvarez. Mayweather and Canelo are both undefeated, with the only blemish on either’s record a draw on Canelo’s side.
The 5’9” Canelo would have felt most comfortable around the 154 pound weight class tonight. But, Floyd Mayweather made sure there was a catch weight at 152 when making the deal for this fight. It has been widely reported that Floyd will bring in over $41.5 million for the fight, and Canelo somewhere in the range of $5 million plus a percentage that could bring his total upwards of around $12 million. So the incentive was there for Canelo to take the fight – not to mention the notoriety gained from a fight with a boxer as famous as “Money” Mayweather.
Turns out, Mayweather wanted the catch weight even lower, or at least that’s what Alvarez claims. In a report from Associated Press boxing writer Tim Dahlberg, Canelo explained the situation:
“They wanted me to go to 147,” Alvarez said earlier this week before the weigh-in. “I said that was physically impossible. Then they wanted 150 and then 151. I wanted to make the fight so I agreed to 152. Then they forced me to be quiet about it.”
Naturally, according to Leonard Ellerbe who is Mayweather’s manager, the other side is calling Canelo’s claim a bunch of malarkey.
“They’re the ones who said they would fight at a lower weight,” said Leonard Ellerbe. “We can’t help it Alvarez has idiots for managers, but we’re going to take every advantage they give us.”
So which one is it? As with most of these things, the truth is probably in there somewhere, but hey, the drama makes it more exciting.