World Boxing Council president Don Jose Sulaiman in his opinion believes Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is “making a big mistake” in fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Mayweather and Alvarez both confirmed the fight would take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14.
Mayweather in a tweet said “I chose my opponent for September 14th and it’s Canelo Alvarez. I’m giving the fans what they want. It will be at the MGM Grand.”
For his part the 22-year-old Alvarez who, like Mayweather is undefeated said “It’s been talked about for a while now, and now that it’s signed, sealed and delivered, I am very happy. I will be the first to beat Floyd.”
Sulaiman told the Manila Standard the WBC hasn’t been advised about the fight but said “It would be foolish for Alvarez to fight Mayweather because its too soon for him.”
Mayweather holds both the world welterweight and junior middleweight titles although the fight will take place at a catch weight of 152 pounds with the pound-for-pound king moving up from 147 pounds which was the weight at which he scored a lopsided unanimous decision over Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero last May 4 also at the MGM Grand in a fight where Guerrero hadn’t a ghost of a chance.
Sulaiman feels the same about Alvarez. He said Alvarez “can take the punches of Mayweather but I don’t think he can match the boxing excellence of Floyd who is a superior boxer.”
Despite his personal views the WBC president admitted that the fight would draw “tremendous interest in Mexico and the United States.”
At the same time Sulaiman said that eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao who returns to the ring at the plush Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino in Macau on Nov. 24 against Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios “should fight Mayweather in the first quarter of 2014.”
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