This post was written by Carlos Acevedo, editor of FanSided’s boxing site The Cruelest Sport.
The undisputed king of negative appeal, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., puts his undefeated record on the line tomorrow night against young Mexican phenom Saul Alvarez in what promises to be one of the biggest moneymaking fights in history. Since defeating Oscar De La Hoya in 2007, Mayweather, with a record of 44-0, has remained the most bankable prizefighter alive.
Just four months after his last start, Mayweather is back in the ring looking to live up to his nickname: “Money.” Just how big is this fight? A record gate of over $20 million has already been set, thousands were turned away at the weigh-in this afternoon, and Mayweather, incredibly, is guaranteed a minimum purse of $41.5 million. Although Alvarez is only 23, he turned pro at 15 and has since racked up a record of 42-0-1.
Last April, Alvarez won the biggest fight of his career when he outpointed slick Austin Trout in front of 40,000 spectators in San Antonio.
Entering the bout with Mayweather, Alvarez has already been a celebrity in Mexico for years. With his telenovela looks, his red hair, and his quiet charisma, Alvarez brings his own star power–and a left hook to match–to the MGM Grand tomorrow night.
Is Mayweather, who likes to gamble, taking a risk by moving up in weight to face Alvarez?
You can read Carlos’ full preview by heading over to The Cruelest Sport for more.