By Felipe Leon
In a short teleconference riddled with phone issues, eight-time and five-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr (44-0, 26KOs) hardly mentioned his next opponent, Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30KOs), and instead spoke about past fights, PPV sales and strangely enough, tennis.
After Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather’s advisor and CEO of Mayweather Promotions, spoke of the business side of the “The One” slated for Saturday, September 14th, at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, NV, mentioning the 572 screen in which the event will be broadcast, the sponsors involved and the potential Pay-Per-View buys, he introduced the current pound for pound king.
In Mexico, he is a rock star, he is a good solid boxer,” Mayweather said of Alvarez a few minutes into the conference call. “People like to see two undefeated fighters face each other.”
At times the conference sounded like a business meeting more than a boxing press conference with Mayweather explaining how inflation can help his upcoming fight surpass the numbers of his last blockbuster against Oscar De La Hoya in 2007.
“We can still break the record and not do the 2.5 million,” he stated mentioning the current estimate for the PPV. “The price of everything has gone up since 2007 including PPV so we don’t have to do 2.5 to make more than my fight with Oscar.”
The thirty-six year old Mayweather, a veteran of numerous title fights, protagonist of some of the biggest PPV in recent memory and along with Manny Pacquiao one of the few boxers in the mainstream, agreed that the pressure of being a part of such anticipated event might get to the 23-year-old Alvarez.
“We will have to see, I say it is different fighting on a Mayweather under card than fighting Floyd Mayweather,” he said with a smile. “It’s a lot of pressure but some fighters fight well under pressure. I think there is a lot of pressure on ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.”
Soon the conversation took a strange turn when Mayweather was asked about tennis and what tennis player he would consider a good boxer. Mayweather slipped the question as well as he does punches in the ring and instead mentioned some of the players he admired while praising the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena.
Things took a turn for the worse when Floyd began to have phone issues but did not deter the much more mature Mayweather from giving us flashes of his more rambunctious self when a Puerto Rican reporter dared to begin his question by mentioning Miguel Cotto.
“You only mention him because you are from Puerto Rico,” Mayweather almost shouted through the phone. “I already took care of him. This is about ‘Canelo’.”
When the reporter was finally able to ask his question inquiring what could Alvarez learn from watching the Cotto fight against Mayweather, the Grand Rapids, Michigan, native answered dryly, “only thing he can learn from that Cotto fight is how to lose.”