VEGAS -- The MGM Grand Garden Arena will be ground zero
for all the extravaganza and buzz during fight week for the Floyd
Mayweather Jr.- Saul (Canelo) Alvarez junior middleweight championship
match. It will be a record-breaking boxing event.
14th over-the-top showcase may be the grandest prizefight of all
time, both in scope and revenue. The live gate at the MGM Garden
Arena sold out within a few hours of going on sale. Also, many
of the 5,000 closed-circuit venues are sold out. The pay-per-view
home sales may exceed the record 2.4 million buys that the Mayweather-De
La Hoya fight did in 2007.
Jr., 36, is a five-weight world champion and has not lost in 44
pro fights, while the Mexican, Canelo Alvarez, 23, is unbeaten
with one draw in 43 paid bouts. Mayweather Jr., a Grand Rapids,
Michigan native son is being guaranteed 41.5 million dollars,
the largest purse ever.
the card, Danny Garcia will face Lucas Matthysse in a WBC/WBA
junior welterweight title fight. It is a big bout in itself, and
could have easily been a televised stand-alone main event. There’s
another world title bout set, as Ishe Smith will defend his IBF
junior middleweight crown against Carlos Molina, and Ashley Theophane
will face Pablo Cesar Cano in the PPV opener.
Sports and CBS Sports Network will have plenty of programming
on all platforms before Saturday to hype the fight. The fighters
did an 11-city press tour this summer starting in New York and
concluding in Los Angeles.
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