After his impressive victory over Austin Trout on Saturday night, talk immediately turned to a showdown between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Their proposed bout has been discussed for a year now, however, for various reasons it hasn’t come together.
The general assumption heading into this weekend was that the winner of Alvarez-Trout would be next in line to fight Mayweather. As Larry Merchant explained to Hustle Boss late Saturday, though, chances are that’s not going to be the next big match we see.
“For the last few years we’ve heard ‘Mayweather and Pacquiao’ and ‘Pacquiao and Mayweather’. A 22-year-old kid has ended the conversation at the highest level. Do I want to see him for Mayweather? Yes. Is that going to happen? I don’t think it’s likely to happen anytime soon.”
Much like the proposed Pacquiao-Mayweather super fight was for years, a match-up between Alvarez and Mayweather is going to be the most sought after showdown in boxing now. Unfortunately, that’s not the bout that makes the most financial sense for all involved. Merchant perfectly explained why in the same interview.
“…Mayweather is supposed to have a six-fight contract [with Showtime] and usually a fighter doesn’t want to put that kind of a deal in jeopardy. And I think that Alvarez poses a serious threat to him. He’s a naturally bigger guy, he’s strong, he’s tough. I don’t see that happening sooner rather than later. But, in the meantime, he becomes a star attraction all over.”
In the early stages of Pacquiao-Mayweather negotiations, both sides felt as though they had all of the time in the world to come to an agreement. Moreover, they didn’t want to risk the fallout from a loss given how much money was still on the table for taking other, not as high profile matches.
The same will hold true here. Both Mayweather and Alvarez will milk the public’s desire for a fight between them as long as they can before actually agreeing to do the deed. Frankly, it wouldn’t be all that shocking if Mayweather fought Pacquiao before he got around to fighting Alvarez.
Given that Alvarez is only 22 right now and likely won’t face anyone more formidable than Trout in the near future, it’s conceivable that he and Mayweather will square off when the undefeated superstar gets to the fourth or fifth fight of his six-fight Showtime agreement.
Source: Hustle Boss