Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mayweather vs Canelo Replay

Saturday, September 14, 2013

What you need to know about Mayweather vs. Alvarez

Today's the day for "The One" at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, as boxing fans are all abuzz over the showdown between Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez for the super welterweight title.

Here's what you need to know about tonight's card, which could be the most lucrative in boxing history:

On TV: Showtime pay-per-view is providing the telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET, with four fights on the televised portion of the card. The cost is $64.95 and $74.95 for high definition. Countdown Live, a pre-fight preview show, will begin at 8 p.m. ET on Showtime.

Main event: Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) vs. Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) in a battle of undefeated fighters for the WBC, WBA Super and Ring magazine super welterweight championship. Mayweather is guaranteed a record $41.5 million and Alvarez $5 million

Other televised title fights: Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs) vs. Lucas Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs) WBC, WBA Super and Ring magazine super lightweight world championship. Garcia will be paid $1.5 million, and Matthysse $800,000. Ishe Smith (25-5, 11 KOs) vs. Carlos Molina (21-5-2, 6 KOs) for the junior middleweight championship and a non-title fight between Pablo Cesar Cano (26-3-1, 20 KOs) vs. Ashley Theophane (33-5-1, 10 KOs).

Showtime broadcast team: Mauro Ranallo will call the action, with Hall of Famer Al Bernstein and Paulie Malignaggi doing the ringside analysis. Brian Kenny will host the Showtime broadcast.

Source: USA Today

Friday, September 13, 2013

Alvarez says Floyd demanded fight day weight limit

The weight dispute for Saturday night's Floyd Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez fight never seemed like that big of a deal, at least until the last week or so. When Leonard Ellerbe said on "All Access" that they took advantage of Canelo's team offering to do the fight at 150 pounds and insulted their intelligence, Alvarez's team took it personally, and responded that Mayweather was the one "crying about the weight."

At the end of the day, as they say, the two basically met in the middle of the 150-pound idea and the standard 154-pound junior middleweight limit, as the limit tomorrow for the weigh-in is 152 pounds. If you want to be pro-Floyd, they took two pounds away from Canelo, because they're so smart. If you want to be pro-Canelo, then you can say Mayweather gave Canelo two pounds, because they're foolish.

Read more in BadLeftHook

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Floyd "Money" Mayweather & Canelo Alvarez Final Press Conference Quotes

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (Sept. 11, 2013) - Eight-time, five-division World Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Super Welterweight World Champion and Mexican Superstar Canelo Alvarez were all business during Wednesday's final press conference at KA Theatre at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, just three days before Saturday's historic "THE ONE: MAYWEATHER vs. CANELO."

Canelo's WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Welterweight World Championships and Mayweather's WBA Super Welterweight Super World Championship will be at stake on SHOWTIME PPV in the most significant boxing showdown in recent memory.



Here's what the fighters, promoters and trainers had to say during the event:

FLOYD MAYWEATHER:

"Its fight time, what else can I say?   If the game plan is to keep pressure, I can handle it.  If the game plan is to out box me, nobody can out box me. You have to be able to out match me mentally, and I'm the strongest mental fighter in the sport of boxing.

"I've been here before so I know what it takes. He's 42-0, but he hasn't faced 42 Floyd Mayweathers because he'd be 0-42.  I'm at the pinnacle.  I'm the face of boxing and I'm dedicated to my craft.

"I'm Floyd Mayweather; I can turn any fighter into a star. I don't worry about running out of opponents. I've got guys under my banner I can turn into stars and fight."

"September 14 is just another stepping stone, another opponent to me.  But he knows he's facing Floyd Mayweather; I'm facing just another opponent.

"Career-wise, I'm OK, no matter what the outcome is.  I never worry about the outcome.  When I go into any fight, I'm not focused on the money or anything.  I'm focused on going out there, performing well, and giving the fans what they want to see - excitement.  That's what it's all about; it's about the fans winning. He's still got a lot of weight to get off.  My weight is made, I woke up this morning 150 (pounds).

"I guess other fighters look at it as you win some, you lose some.  Me, I look at it as I want to win them all.  I'm a winner.  I don't lose.

On how he knows Canelo still has to cut weight:

"I know it, because it's my job to know it.  My job as a fighter to know everything about any opponent I'm facing."

On his most important advantage:

"Being able to just make changes and adjust instantly.  It's no different from you seeing Shane (Mosley) hit me with a good shot.  I say it's not a problem, because Shane isn't going to cut me on my face, I'm not going for that.  But Shane is a future Hall of Famer; I can't take anything away from Shane. And someday Canelo will go down in the Hall of Fame, as one of the opponents I beat."


CANELO ALVAREZ:

"I don't care about his record.  I'm not coming to make a good fight, I'm coming to win.

"When you fight Floyd you have to be ready for every aspect of a fight.  You have to be able to adjust mentally as well as physically.  I have to be very, very smart and ready to change my plan at any time.


"You'll see how I do it. You'll see how I beat him.  I'm calm and I'm just ready to fight.

"We've prepared like never before.  Floyd is a fighter who throws like five punchers a round and he lands them - that's why he wins rounds.  But we're prepared for that; we're prepared for everything.

"I'm ready for the best Floyd possible.  He can change his game plan and I will be ready.

"I've studied him.  I know his style and I know what he's going to do.  "I'm confident I will win because I know everything about him.  I've prepared for everything.

"It's important from the opening bell to fight smart and not fall into his game plan.  I need to stick to my plan, not fall into his.

"He's a very good counterpuncher but I'm ready for that.  I have to be smart with his counterpunching but I'm confident we can handle it.

"It's important to throw combinations.  You have to know how to apply them and you have to hit the head and the body.  That will be key.

It truly is a pleasure to be part of this. I appreciate all of the support for this fight.  I want to thank my team for working hard with me. On Saturday night, I will be victorious."

On having all of Mexico rooting for him:

"There's no pressure whatsoever.  It's motivating to have all of Mexico rooting for me."

On why Floyd hasn't talked much trash leading into this fight:

"I think it's because his other opponents want to talk trash.  I respect everyone except when we get in the ring."

RICHARD SCHAEFER, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions

"The WBC has produced a very special belt for this occasion. It's a first time that they have melted a big gold bar into the belt. This is a belt made of pure gold.

"Our sponsors put over $40 million of activation behind this promotion.  Corona is our lead sponsor and they spent 50 percent of their conventional ad buy on our promotion.

"Boxing is the highest rated television programming in Mexico.  Mexico's government and the tourism board have put their promotional efforts in the sport of boxing.  They have become a great partner and ambassador of this promotion and Golden Boy Promotions.

"In addition, we have sponsorships and partnerships with Fathom, Nature Nutrition, Fred Loya Insurance, O'Reilly Auto Parts, AT&T and Valvoline.

"Fathom is going to be showing this promotion live on 550 screens.  This is our sixth fight with Fathom.  We've already sold out many theaters already. There are more than 26,000 seats for closed circuit at the MGM Mirage Resort properties as well as many bars and restaurants across the country.

"In Australia, the pay per view has already broken all-time records with three days before fight night.

"This fight has been off the charts. This fight is something special. Celebrities are calling us to purchase tickets.

"We hope to set the all-time pay-per-view record come Saturday night."


LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO of Mayweather Promotions

"Floyd is the face of boxing, the highest paid athlete in sports. He's accomplished everything, broke all the records.  Come Saturday night, you guys will see the same old Floyd Mayweather, the one that always wins.
"This has been a wonderful promotion so far and the fans will be the real winners."


STEPHEN ESPINOZA, EVP SHOWTIME Sports

"Thank you to the MGM for its hospitality and Richard Schaefer and Golden Boy Promotions.

"This is the biggest and best event-THE ONE.  We have the biggest live gate.  We have a great line-up of sponsors.  We are live streaming all of our events leading up to the fight.  CBS has had 150 radio stations across the United States promoting the fight.

"None of this happens without Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez.  This event doesn't happen without their commitment.

"For those of you who are college football fans, I urge you all to tune in to the start of this Saturday's college football game on CBS at 12:30 PT/3:30 ET.  Be sure not to be late because there will be a surprise for boxing fans at the top of that broadcast."


JOSE "CHEPO" REYNOSO, Trainer of Canelo Alvarez

"This is a historic fight, but the time for talking is over. On Saturday night Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will make history and he will be victorious.


EDDIE REYNOSO, Co-trainer of Canelo Alvarez

"It's a great pleasure to be a part of this historic event. Obviously, as a Mexican, we always come out to demonstrate that we win can and on Saturday it will be no different. We will prove that we can."

Saul Alvarez accuses Floyd Mayweather's camp of being 'idiots' over weigh-in debate ahead of title fight

Floyd Mayweather and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez both arrived at the MGM Grand Las Vegas ahead of their clash on Saturday night in the fight billed as 'The One', where the Mexican accused his rivals of being "idiots" and liars over the weigh-in demands.

The subject quickly turned to the controversy surrounding the 152-pound catch weight and statements from The Money Team that Team Canelo made a mistake in agreeing to fight at 152 pounds.

“I’m the bigger guy, why would I give up weight?” Canelo asked the media. “You want to know what happened? They wanted to fight at welterweight. I told them, ‘No way, those days are over for me.’ Then they said let’s do the fight at 150. I said I couldn’t do that. Then 151. Then we finally agreed on 152.

Read more in Telegraph.co.uk

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Referee and judges named for Mayweather vs Canlo bout

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has made their choices for officials for Mayweather vs Canelo, and neither Floyd Mayweather nor Canelo Alvarez have expressed any concerns about the referee or judges for their September 14 Showtime boxing pay-per-view main event.

Highly-respected veteran Kenny Bayless will be the third man in the ring, which is unlikely to cause any complaints from anyone, as Bayless is regarded as one of the finest officials in all of boxing. Bayless has had sort of a quiet, relaxing year, and actually hasn't been involved in any world title fights in 2013. But he is well-known for recent assignments, including Pacquiao-Marquez IV, Gonzalez-Ponce De Leon, Khan-Garcia, Pacquiao-Mosley, Marquez-Katsidis, and Mayweather-Mosley. He's notable for making a brief mistake in the Pacquiao-Mosley bout, ruling Pacquiao down at one point. He later owned up to the mistake privately to Pacquiao and publicly as well.

Read more in BadLeftHook

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Mayweather vs. Alvarez: Double Knockdown prediction

Though I admit that I have doubted Saul “Canelo” Alvarez before, upon further consideration and reading, considering odds, and the articles on this and on other sites, I think that the fight will be quite exciting. Some may argue for a boring Floyd Mayweather Jr. decision, where he takes pot shots and runs; others argue for a scintillating Canelo knockout on a left hook or an uppercut. While both are possibilities, a very exciting possibility for the fans, and one that is also realistic, is that both men are knocked down at least once.

How is this possible, one may ask? Well, quite simply Canelo has better speed and power and accuracy than anyone Mayweather has ever faced. De La Hoya landed 21% of his shots, and though Canelo may throw far fewer, his connect percentage will be certainly higher than this, and the low 30s is significantly higher than 21%. Moreover, the shots that he does land will not be pillow-like jabs like Trout landed on him, but tough, crunching body shots that will stun Mayweather, slow him down, and may force him to adjust several times in the fight.

Read more at BoxingNews24

Mayweather vs. Canelo: Pre-Production

It’s 10 days out from the September 14th fight known as ‘The One’ and what have we learned that we didn’t already know? First of all we found out that Canelo is on course to make the 152lb contracted weight, this is the usual for him. We also know that Canelo has beaten a few of his sparring partners to a pulp forcing them to leave his training camp with injuries caused during sparring sessions. As seen during Canelo’s media day, Canelo punches a 300lb bag as preparation for a Money Mayweather KO. Floyd punches a 300lb man (Nate Jones)! Was it Canelo’s team that requested the 152lb catchweight? So says Leonard Ellerbe. Read more in Eastsideboxing

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Mayweather vs. Canelo Showtime All Access: Biggest Lessons from Episode 2

Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe has an opinion—a particularly partisan one, to be sure—about who will win when his fighter faces Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

But, to hear him tell it, Alvarez’s people didn’t do their man any favors in the run-up.

In a prolonged segment during Episode 2 of Showtime’s All Access series, the outspoken Ellerbe repeated a claim he’d made several times during the 10-city press tour earlier this year that it was Alvarez’s team, not Mayweather’s, who suggested the fight’s 152-pound catchweight.

Alvarez, who stands 5’9” and is generally regarded as the bigger, stronger man in the fight, hasn’t weighed in as light as 152 since a March 2011 decision over Matthew Hatton, the brother of former 140- and 147-pound world champion—and Mayweather foe—Ricky Hatton.

Read more in Bleacher Report

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mayweather/Canelo: Calling Out Leonard Ellerbe: A Response To A Questionable Response

After watching the video in the ESB article entitled, “Team Mayweather Calls Canelo’s Management Inept In Episode 2 of ALL ACCESS,” by ShowTime Boxing, published August 29, 2013, I knew I had to respond—out loud—to what I believe, are misleading comments that Leonard Ellerbe made about Team Alvarez and how the 152 lb. catchweight limit was arrived at for this fight. My biggest issue with what Ellerbe said is that he didn’t tell the whole story. He just modified it to suit Team Mayweather’s needs. So, I’m calling you out, Leonard Ellerbe.

Read more in EastSideBoxing

Sunday, August 25, 2013

BoxNation to screen ‘All Access’ Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez preview series

BoxNation is delighted to announce that it will be bringing the hit ‘All Access’ series exclusively to UK screens ahead of Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s superfight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez next month. The documentary kicks-off on Monday 26 August at 7pm and will be free-to-air on BoxNation for Sky TV customers.

The series offers an intimate portrait into the lives of both fighters as it profiles boxing’s most anticipated card in over a decade, with two of the sports undefeated, and genuine pound-for-pound kings, clashing in a stunning bill at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 14.

Read more at EastsideBoxing

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez Card Threatened by Cable Rights Dispute

When elephants fight, ants get trampled. That’s an African proverb that may become all too true for boxing fans, because the latest conflict between Time Warner Cable and CBS threatens to black out Showtime boxing in key markets that include New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Chicago. Showtime is a component of the CBS Corporation.

Among the shows that could be trampled in the squabble is the giant pay-per-view card on Sept. 14 in Las Vegas headlined by Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez fighting at 152 pounds, with junior welters Lucas Matthysse and Danny Garcia on the undercard. All that pre-fight publicity scheduled to be shown on the CBS broadcast channel would be dead on arrival in the affected cities. The others are Boston, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Denver.

Read more in Boxing Insider

Monday, July 29, 2013

Floyd Mayweather Must Continue to Play on Villain Status vs. Canelo Alvarez

When the media circus that will inevitably surround the superfight between Floyd "Money" Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) engulfs the sports world, it is imperative that Mayweather plays up his role as the villain.

Money has never had an issue with portraying the bad guy in a matchup, and just as the boxing world rallied around Oscar De La Hoya in 2007, fans will look to Alvarez to become the star who finally dethrones the undefeated Mayweather.

Read more in Bleacher Report

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Is Floyd Mayweather draining Canelo Alvarez?

Fight fans have been very critical of the catch weight applied for the Mayweather vs Canelo clash that will take place at the MGM Grand on September 14th. They’ve called Mayweather a hypocrite, seeing that he has been so outspoken about the many catch weight bouts that fallen rival Manny Pacquiao has been involved in. There are some key differences and intangibles that the Mayweather vs Canelo fight contains that many of Manny Pacquiao’s catch weight bouts didn’t.

For starters, Floyd Mayweather is a Welterweight fighter. A small welterweight who doesn’t rehydrate much because he is disciplined and gets the most out of every pound. Evident in his first fight with Jose Luis Castillo which was held at 135 pounds. Castillo made weight at 134 ½ pounds and Mayweather at 134 pounds, both just below the lightweight limit. However, on fight night Floyd Mayweather rehydrated to just 138 ½ pounds, while Castillo rehydrated to a Welterweight at 147 ½ pounds.


Read more at BoxingNews24

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mayweather Jr: I will remain The One

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) says he won’t be overlooking the 22-year-old WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) in their fight on September 14th despite Canelo being on 22-years-old and not nearly as experienced as Mayweather Jr. as far as important fights go. Mayweather Jr. says he’s taking this fight very seriously and he plans on winning it and then moving onto his last four fights of his 6-fight contract with Showtime/CBS.

Mayweather Jr. said to ESPN in explaining the keys to beating Canelo, “I have to out there and be smart, listen to my father and be the best Floyd Mayweather I can be. He’s [Canelo] young, strong and he wants the #1 spot.

Read more in Eastsideboxing

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mayweather v Canelo: Al Bernstein talks mind games, records and strategy


Respected broadcaster Al Bernstein has been talking to WBN this week to give his views on Floyd Mayweather v Saul Alvarez on the back of their recent and considerable promotional tour of the United States and Mexico.

Bernstein, who has featured behind the microphone on both sides of the Atlantic with Showtime and Channel 5 in the past few years, believes their wasn't too much fuss from either fighter as they went though nine days of exhausting travel with just a few snipes along the way.

"There is not much gamesmanship early in the process from what I've seen and what I've been told from behind the scenes between Mayweather and Canelo," Bernstein told World Boxing News.

"The comments have been pretty much what we would have expected from both fighters and I think the idea of those press events was spectacle and they did create that."

Read more in WorldBoxingNews

The CEO - Leonard Ellerbe talks Floyd Mayweather, Saul Alvarez, boxing and more



One key figure on the "Money" team is the CEO for Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe. Always well dressed, well spoken and respected in the industry, in this new video provided to us from Chris Robinson of HustleBoss, hear what Ellerbe has to say about the sport of boxing, his deal making role on the team and thoughts on Floyd Mayweather's upcoming mega-fight vs. Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

Video Description: More coverage from Los Angeles during the final Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul Alvarez press conference, as Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe speaks on his fighters' challenge, Canelo's credentials at age 22, and how Floyd can help make boxing a mainstream sport again.
Source: Doghouse Boxing

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