Just a few days ago, rapper and actor 50 Cent blasted his former friend and business partner Floyd Mayweather Jr. as he accused him of ducking fighters. However, it now appears that 50 Cent's comments aren't the only ones beating the anti-Mayweather drum. Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is accusing Mayweather of ducking him. According to a March 1st report by ESPN.com, Alvarez made the following comments:
“Mayweather has no word to support what he says. The contract was already within the terms and just was missing the signature. He said yes, but nothing happened at the end. Floyd never signed anything. I'm tired of being accessible to fight him, since he never was real in what he was talking. The truth is he does not want to fight me. I will continue doing my own history.”
Apparently Alvarez has a legitimate gripe with Mayweather. Saul, the 22 year old Mexican superstar, agreed to fight Mayweather provided that they both would win their fights on the same May 4th PPV. However, despite Floyd verbally agreeing, Mayweather never signed the contract which was also confirmed by Golden Boy Promotions representatives.
Because Floyd apparently backed out of signing the contract, Alvarez decided that he did not want to be the co-feature on Mayweather's May 4th PPV. So Alvarez vs. Trout will now take place on April 20th from the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The absence of Alvarez vs. Trout will definitely hurt the PPV shares for Mayweather vs. Guerrero. It will be interesting to see how well Alvarez vs. Trout does on their own with Showtime backing them as well.
Unfortunately, Alvarez's comments further echo what many critics have been saying about Floyd for the last several years. There are only a few fighters that could provide Floyd with the PPV money he wants to see, and Alvarez is one of them.
We'll see after these two bouts whether Alvarez can get Floyd to commit or if another fighter like Sergio Martinez can convince Floyd that his next big pay day is with him.