By Matthew Banegas
Despite Golden Boy CEO, Richard Schaefer, acknowledging the difficult challenge of finalizing the deal, it appears as though boxing fans will get their wish for a Mayweather versus Alvarez fight on September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
And the fight was contracted for a 152 lbs. max catchweight.
Agreeing on the exact weight for the bout was a big issue, as reported by Dan Rafael of ESPN. When asked about the catchweight, Alvarez told Rafael “It’s 152, and that is fine.” Alvarez also commented that each side had to give a little to make the deal happen, which is why he accepted Mayweather’s request for the catchweight.
But the 152 lbs. restriction only affects the fighters’ maximum allowed weight by the time of the official Friday afternoon weigh-in. Leonard Ellerbe, chief executive of Mayweather Promotions, said there would not be any other weight restrictions or weight checks. Meaning the fighters can pack on weight after the official weigh-in.
For Mayweather, this has no real impact, since the most he has ever weighed for a fight was 151 lbs. when he fought Miguel Cotto in 2012. Plus, he is well known for staying very close to that 150 lb. mark, even by fight time. Alvarez, on the other hand, is thought to have weighed as much as 170 lbs. on fight night, which could be a concern for Mayweather.
With Alvarez coming off a career-best win against Austin Trout, and Mayweather just weeks past his defeat of Robert Guerrero, this fight promises to be the biggest fight of year, on one of the most popular and historic weekends for boxing, Mexican Independence Day weekend.
News of this fight is like music to ears of boxing fans, proving that every now and then the fans get to see the fight they so desire.