Five-division title winner Floyd Mayweather has announced that he will be stepping back into the ring later this year in a showpiece showdown with Saul Alvarez.
A string of underwhelming fights – Haye v Chisora, Wilder v Harrison, Flintoff v whoever it was he fought and Klitschko v anyone to name a few – have done little to spark the imagination of boxing fans lately.
But Carl Froch’s recent win over Mikkel Kessler has upped the ante on this side of the pond and Mayweather v Alvarez will take that momentum into the stratosphere with a guaranteed box office hit at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pretty Boy announced the fight on his Twitter account earlier this week and it is understood that the undefeated pair will fight at a 152lb catchweight with no fewer than four titles on the line.
Despite finding a middle ground weight wise, the unification bout will see Mayweather lay his WBA Super Light Middleweight belt on the line, while Canelo will offer up the WBC, WBA and The Ring Light Middleweight straps.
Alvarez, although only 22-years-old, is deemed by many to be Mayweather’s most worthy opponent at present after an impressive points decision over Austin Trout gave the Mexican his three titles.
The 5ft 7” Guadalajaran is undefeated after 43 fights, with an early draw the only blemish on his record, and an impressive 30 of his wins have come inside the distance.
Mayweather’s 44-0-0 record is one of the most heralded in the sporting world and while the Michigan native has conquered all before him – with Robert Guerrero, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya among his victims – the 14-year age gap could come into play against Alvarez.
Mayweather will of course be the favourite, but as a big-punching, younger, equally-confident opponent Alvarez can at the very least enhance Pretty Boy’s already legendary statuts if not cause the upset of all upsets.
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