Floyd Mayweather Jr. agrees to fight Canelo Alvarez at catchweight of 152 pounds

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KOs) will fight fellow undefeated fighter Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) in a light-middleweight WBC/WBA championship bout at a catchweight of 152 pounds. The fight will take place on September 14, broadcast live on Showtime pay-per-view and will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The fight being at a catchweight is interesting since Mayweather has made negative comments discrediting Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao’s wins because some of them were at catchweights. Mayweather has been very critical of catchweights even stating that he doesn’t drain fighters and claimed his wins over Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto were legitimate wins compared to Pacquiao’s because he fought them at their best healthy weight and not a catchweight for their belts.

Mayweather vs. Canelo is a match up that the boxing fans were calling for and unlike the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather bout that never materialized, this is the second most intriguing match-up and should do well over 1 million pay-per-view buys given the two boxers star power, Floyd is the highest paid athlete in the world and one of the biggest pay-per-view attractions in boxing history and Canelo brings a huge Mexican and Mexican American fan base to the table as witnessed in his most recent fight against Austin Trout when he sold over 40,000 tickets at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.