Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. -- the highest-paid athlete in the world -- announced his return to the boxing ring via twitter Wednesday night, and it's a big fight -- one that could break pay-per-view records, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.
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.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) May 30, 2013
Mayweather, who improved to 44-0 with a unanimous decision victory over Robert Guerrero on April, will be fighting for the second time in 2013, the first time he has fought twice in a calander year since 2007. For Mayweather's complete professional boxing history click HERE.
Alvarez (42-0), meanwhile, is coming off the biggest victory of his career, a unanimous decision victory over Austin Trout on April 20 in San Antonio. For Alvarez's complete professional boxing history, click HERE.
According to the Sporting News, Mayweather has opened as a short favorite in the fight.
Mayweather's fight with Guerrero reportedly will exceed 1 million pay-per-view buys, but the bout with Alvarez could potentially come close to the record 2.4 million buys produced by the 2007 fight between Mayweather and Oscar De la Hoya.
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What the media is saying:
Sports Illustrated: Mayweather puts his money where his mouth is with Alvarez
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