Like many of you, I am wondering who Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight on May 5th. Lets be honest he is not going to fight Manny Pacquiao anytime soon. Bob Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, feels May 5th is too soon and that the MGM Arena is a bad idea for the magnitude of this fight.
“The extra time is needed for construction of an arena,” said Arum, claiming the fighters could generate an extra $40 million by fighting at a 40,000-plus-seat venue on the Las Vegas Strip rather than holding the bout at the 16,000-seat MGM. “You don’t throw $40 million away.” – Latimes.com
I have to agree with the old bastard, he’s a smart guy. Mayweather vs Pacquiao will easy sell out a 40,000 seat venue generating millions at the gate. Oscar De La Hoya vs Floyd Mayweather generated $19 million live gate at the MGM grand and it was completely sold out in 3 hours. So imagine what Pacquiao-Mayweather will do…
When you got two of today’s pound for pound kings in the ring, they want guaranteed purses and in order for you to guarantee them 25-60 million a piece, you aren’t going to settle for the MGM Grand.
So that’s when you start thinking…well who can replace Pacquiao?
You can’t push the date back due to the fact Mayweather will be serving his time in jail beginning June 1st after Mayweather pleaded guilty last month to a reduced battery domestic-violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges.
Considering it will be Cinco de Mayo you, must fight a Mexican to sell out, but who?
Erik Morales who was rumored to fight him May 5th is no longer an option after Morales recent surgery. You can’t pick Juan Manuel Marquez who already lost at the hands of Mayweather last May 5th.
The only fighter that will make sense will be the junior middleweight titleholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) and considering “Canelo” is part of Golden Boy and Golden Boy has served as Mayweather’s promoter for his last five bouts, even though they do not have a formal promotional contract, it will be easy to make that fight.
But then again is Golden Boy ready to throw their upcoming star to the wolves?
What’s your opinion?