Canelo Alvarez, the Mexican boxer, has insisted that he will fight Miguel Cotto on Cinco de Mayo in May 2015, which is a date that top Pay-Per-View draw Floyd Mayweather prefers.
Alvarez, whose fights appear on HBO has stressed he’ll fight on the date regardless of what Mayweather, who fights on Showtime, is doing.
Despite the claims, Mayweather has suggested that he won’t back down from Alvarez, whom he defeated in 2013.
Mayweather has said he will draw a larger audience than Alvarez-Cotto.
“If they feel like they can compete, well then let’s see,” Mayweather said, according to FightHype.com. “When you’re talking boxing, you’re talking Mayweather, man. We need to take Canelo’s last fight and look at his pay-per-view numbers and take Cotto’s last fight and look at his pay-per-view numbers, put ’em together and see who done better numbers. And see what they charge for the fight also.”
According to BoxingNews24, Cotto brought in 300,000 PPV buys in his fight against Sergio Martinez while Alvarez brought in 300,000 PPV buys in his last to fights.
However, Mayweather fights usually draw more than double or even triple that. His fight with Alvarez drew around 2 million PPV buys.
Meanwhile, Mayweather publicly criticized his father and trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. after he suggested his son should fight Amir Khan or Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather has two fights left on his contract, and he has insisted that he’ll retire next year.
“Well my father is totally wrong,” Mayweather said, according to FightHype via the Daily Mail. “Like I said before, we have people constantly being removed from the Mayweather Promotions team, Team Mayweather, and we also have people being removed from The Money Team.”
“I want my dad to be with my team, but if he continues to go out there and speak on things that he has no knowledge about without communicating with me, then I must get a new trainer,” he added. “I couldn’t care less what Amir Khan say, just like I couldn’t care less what anybody say. I’m going to do what I want to do when I want to and how I want to.”
He added: “I don’t know who I’m fighting next. I don’t even know if I’m fighting again. Like I told you, a lot of different crazy thoughts go through my mind every day. Sometimes I want to fight, sometimes I don’t want to fight. Listen, like I said before, he still got Danny Garcia problems just like Pacquiao still got [Juan Manuel] Marquez problems.”