Canelo ready for Mayweather rematch
By Logan Garcia: Saul Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) says he’s now ready for revenge against Floyd Mayweather Jr. to pay him back for his loss to the superstar five years ago in 2013. Canelo, 28, has taken Mayweather’s place at the #1 pay-per-view star in the sport, and he’s peaking rather than just starting out like he was five years ago when they fought.
Canelo would like nothing more than to get Mayweather in the ring to show what he can to him now that he’s in the prime of his career. Mayweather would need to figure out another way for him to win a second. He couldn’t count on Canelo’s youth, inexperience and weight problems. Canelo now has the experience, and he’s no longer the 22-year-old kid that fought Mayweather in 2013.
Canelo is hoping that Mayweather will look his way and return to boxing. What Mayweather is doing now isn’t boxing. He’s picking out popular MMA fighters to beat in novelty fights. Those are celebrity matches rather than a sporting events.
“Anytime he’s ready, I’m ready,” Canelo said to USA Today when asked if he’s ready to fight the 41-year-old Mayweather in a rematch.
It would be wise for Canelo not to hold his breath waiting for Mayweather to setup a rematch with him, for the reason being it’s probably not going to happen. Mayweather is talking about fighting another MMA guy (Tenshin Nasukawa)in his next novelty match, which is supposed to be a 3-round exhibition. After that, Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could be facing each other in a rematch in 2019. A second Mayweather vs. Canelo fight would make huge money for both fighters. There would be massive appeal from the boxing public in seeing a second fight between the two stars. It would be a difficult fight to negotiate due to Canelo fighting on DAZN and Mayweather on Showtime, but it wouldn’t be impossible to do. It would take some give and take on both sides for the match to get made. Mayweather’s requirement of nine figures for his payday might be a difficult hurdle to leap through. Mayweather can make nine figures when he’s getting the lion’s share of the revenue against a less popular fighter, but he couldn’t do that with the highly popular Canelo. He would want close to an even split with Mayweather if not more. Both guys getting $100 million is unlikely.
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