COMMENTARY | It always seems that while Floyd Mayweather is preparing to face one foe, there's always another lurking in the immediate background, occupying much of the media's attention and forcing the five-division world champ to take time away from promoting his actual upcoming event.
In the past, that distraction was Manny Pacquiao and the drama surrounding making the impossible super-fight. Now, with Pacquiao pretty much out of the picture, the distraction has become WBC junior middleweight champion and Mexico's next big ticket star, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
The 22-year-old Alvarez made headlines earlier this month by pulling out of the May 4 Floyd Mayweather-Robert Guerrero pay-per-view undercard and taking his showdown with Austin Trout to an April 20 date in San Antonio, Texas.
Reportedly, the decision to remove himself from the Mayweather card was made after being unable to secure a signed guarantee for a September 14 date with Mayweather. According to Alvarez, Mayweather had promised the big-money September bout, but never followed through with anything in writing. The co-feature spot on Mayweather-Guerrero was, supposedly, to promote that September 14 clash. Without the guarantee, Alvarez felt no need to play chief support to Mayweather and opted to headline his own card.
After the decision, the Guadalajara native had plenty to say about the situation and about Mayweather:
"I have no need for Mayweather to impose conditions....I can have my own fans, my own event and my own history. I'm tired of being accessible to fight him, since he never was real in what he was talking. The truth is he does not want to fight me. I will continue doing my own history."
Now, as Mayweather makes the rounds to promote his upcoming PPV, boxing's controversial cash cow finally has a chance to address the entire Canelo situation. Predictably, he wasn't exactly shy about expressing himself and what was really on his mind.
"You know, tell [Canelo] to do his own pay-per-view show if he's such a big name," Mayweather told Ben Thompson of Fighthype.com. "Let's see if he's going to do his own pay-per-view show. I bet he don't. Man, his red-head, freckle-faced [expletive] better just sit back and wait in line. If I feel like choosing him, I'll choose him. If you get a lottery ticket, then you step up to the plate and you get your payday. Right now, Guerrero has his lottery ticket."
Predictably, Mayweather bristled at the idea of a 22-year-old star-in-the-making issuing an ultimatum and trying to leverage his importance on the card into a guaranteed big-money deal for himself.
"I'm not going to say that he can't fight or he's not a good fighter, but how can I let a 22-year-old kid who just got into the sport of boxing, give me an ultimatum," Mayweather asked.
Unfortunately for those who hover around the 147-154 lb. weight range, the fall of Manny Pacquiao and the lucrative six-fight Showtime deal recently given to Mayweather make it, officially, a "Money" world. And while that may feed the ego of the undefeated pound-for-pound champ and tickle the fancy of those fans who worship his every move, it also makes for some real tough times for those looking to actually negotiate a fight.
Team Mayweather is now in full control and while they haven't really abused their power in the past, they also won't likely be too receptive about making any sort of business concessions.
This means that Alvarez, like any other fighter looking to earn a career-best payday and share some of Mayweather's mainstream spotlight, will have to play a passive role in the whole fight-making process -- forced to wait when told to wait and then come when called.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and as Editor-in-Chief of The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing. For breaking news, additional analysis, and assorted crazy commentary, follow him on Facebook, @TheBoxingTribune or on Twitter, @BoxingBTBC.
Sources: DoghouseBoxing.com, FightHype.com
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