“We’re sitting here six days after the fight and there’s already serious conversations for Mayweather and [WBC/WBA junior middleweight titlist Saul] ‘Canelo’ [Alvarez]. Well, that shows me Floyd is serious about what he said.”
A bout between Mayweather and Saul Alvarez (who unified his junior middleweight title by defeating Austin Trout on April 20th in front of nearly 40,000 rabid fans at the Alamodome in San Antonio) is perhaps the biggest fight that can be (realistically) made in boxing.
“I am more confident now than I was a few days ago,” said Espinoza, of those early talks. “Let me be clear; there’s still a lot of negotiating to do but in general, the biggest obstacle is often whether one fighter or the other sincerely wants the fight. That obstacle’s been cleared. So to me, that’s sometimes the hardest thing to achieve. We’re past that; now it’s about numbers and fight parameters and things like that. But typically, when two parties want the same things - sincerely want the same thing - then I tend to be pretty optimistic they’re going to be able to get there.”
One pressing issue would be the weight this fight be contested at (Alvarez is a junior middleweight and Mayweather is a weight class below him at 147 pounds). Also, Alvarez is going to command far more than the $3 million that Guerrero received last weekend. If this fight isn’t consummated for September the 14th, then who lands on it? After all, it is Mexican Independence Day Weekend. Wouldn’t it make more sense for “Canelo” to headline on this day?
Espinoza says, “It really depends on the match-up. It’s a nice problem to have, to have two viable options on one of the two biggest dates of the year. Either way, it’s going to end up fine and in this particular case, if we look back at the last three weeks, ‘Canelo’ went two weeks before the holiday and Mayweather went on the holiday and they both had monster events.
“So that’s the good thing about having fighters of this caliber and of this magnitude. But whether it’s [September] the 7th, 14th or 21st, whoever ‘Canelo’ fights, whoever Floyd fights, there’s going to be massive attention.”