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Saturday, 14 September, 2013 6:21 PM

Energy off the Charts for Big Fight in Las Vegas

Photo credit: Rolco Sports Network

The Mayweater Jr. - Cano fight started this summer with a kick-off media frenzy in New York.

 

by Raymond Rolak
AmericaJR.com Web Team

 

 

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LAS 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.

The September 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.

Mayweather 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.

Also on 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.

SHOWTIME 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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The event may become the richest boxing purse of all time.

 

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