The 11-city press tour is now in the rearview mirror and the showdown between Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez is roughly six weeks away.
I couldn’t help but to think about ‘Money’ when I was in Vegas last weekend and what a zoo sin city will be come September 14th.
I also thought about ‘Money’ when I was watching the Andre Berto eulogy on Showtime from San Antonio last Saturday night.
Berto was a once promising undefeated welterweight prospect managed by Al Haymon, but suffered his third loss to eight-time loser Jesus Soto Karass.
The official end to his career came in the 12th round when Karass caught him flush with a left hook that sent him spiraling to the canvas, but the actual conclusion was obvious long before that fatal blow.
I picked up the celly and texted Sam Watson and told him as much. Watson is the face of Haymon and is his trusted assistant. He agreed with my assessment and said he would call me upon his return.
Sam is now so knee deep in the sport of boxing that he is probably immune to the tragedies of many of its combatants.
What often looks like fun to the observer is life and death to the participant. Their real complications may not show up for another 10-15 years.
For guys like Shane Mosley who is still hanging on, speech slurred, skills vastly diminished and opportunity lost, they would rather fight than quit.
Fighters are like addicts, they know that the consequences of their next one could be grave, but are willing to make that sacrifice nonetheless.
Promoters such as Golden Boy Promotions really don’t give a hoot, if the recyclable fighter can turn a profit.
Mosley is what you consider a live name, but a dead fighter so you match him against one of your up and coming prospects so that the youngster can put a name win on his resume.
For Berto even if he had beaten Karass it would not have meant much in the scheme of things other than extending the inevitable.
Now GBP can move Karass, suggesting that his victory over Berto was impressive. Although he won he now lines up to be just the next opponent.
If you want to see why ‘Money’ is such a marvel in the sport this is why. Mayweather has managed to avoid allowing someone else to dictate his career.
People scoff at Mayweather and say that he doesn’t really fight! You mean like Andre Berto?
Muhammad Ali made boxing artistically appealing, until Mike Tyson came along and everybody wanted to see a brutal knockout.
Ali hung on a bit too long and you see what happened to him? Tyson got the same punishment he delivered at the hands of Buster Douglas and then Lennox Lewis.
Ali or Tyson really didn’t have a choice. Mayweather has a choice because he used the promoters to his advantage, took the reins on his career and basically fought as frequently as the Super Bowl is played and then hand picked his opponents.
He tried to wait out Pacquaio, but Pacquaio’s bravado got the best of him against Marquez.
Now, ‘Money’ is in the lab preparing for a fighter who many feel can beat him. Alvarez is young, undefeated and Mexican. Golden Boy hopes that he can pull it off.
Believe you me they want the Kid Red Head to win this fight in the worst way.
He then becomes their Mexican cash cow.
Can he do it? It’s quite possible!
Will he do it? It’s unlikely!
Use the Austin Trout fight as a barometer. Trout is no Floyd Mayweather and he was considered a logical threat to beat the Kid Red Head.
The intrigue is building, and building…