The most popular myth in boxing right now is that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez actually want to fight one another. Even the two have been linked endlessly over the past month, the notion of them salivating at the prospect of risking their perfect records for a marginal increase in pay is ludicrous. The only person in boxing who can realistically beat either one is the other, so it makes far more sense for them to postpone their bout than to speed it up.
Of course, because neither Mayweather nor Alvarez can come out and explicitly state that they’d prefer to duck this proposed match-up in favor of easier ones that’ll pay basically the same thing, they need to suitable excuses. Mayweather has already found his: He wants Alvarez to fight him at 147 pounds – a request that the latter fighter’s camp is understandably balking at.
"Floyd wants every advantage on his side,” Jose "Chepo" Reynoso said in a recent interview. “Among one of the things that is often being stressed is that he wants Canelo at a lower weight. Why would I make my boy sacrifice so much? We proposed an intermediate weight for things to be level for both [fighters], but he refused. Yes we want to fight, but that does not mean [Mayweather] will get everything [he wants].”
So there’s that. Meanwhile, Mayweather’s father is holding firm on their camp’s weight stance.
“If they do fight, that’s where it’s going to be,” Mayweather Sr. said in an interview with Hustle Boss. “I suggested that’s where it’s going to be. Alvarez already is a big guy. He aint no f*cking 160-pounder. I would bet you he is somewhere around 170 pounds [by fight night]. Maybe more than that.”
If you’re failing to see a middle ground here, that’s probably because there isn’t one. By design. Both guys want an out – and the weight thing is an out.
What does that mean? It means that Mayweather and Alvarez will likely be looking for different opponents.
Enter: Manny Pacquiao.
We’ve been beating this drum for a while, but it’s only because it makes so much sense. The idea of Mayweather-Pacquiao is too rich, in every possible way, to simply pass on. Mayweather no longer fears Pacquiao; Pacquiao no longer has any delusions of grandeur regarding how much he’s worth.
And with Mayweather-Alvarez being on the fast track to falling apart, this bout makes more sense now than ever before.