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Canelo: Mayweather Wanted 147, Tried To Keep Us Quiet

by Rick Reeno

WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (42-0-1, 30KOs) explained the background behind the agreed-upon catch-weight for Saturday's fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The two boxers will collide at a weight of 152-pounds.

According to Canelo, Mayweather first requested 147, and then went up to 150, and then 151 - and at that point Canelo countered and said he was willing to shed two pounds in order to make the fight happen.

“I’m the bigger guy, why would I give up weight?” Canelo said.  “You want to know what happened?  They wanted to fight at welterweight.  I told them, ‘No way, those days are over for me.’  Then they said let’s do the fight at 150.  I said I couldn’t do that.  Then 151. To make this fight happen I said I would give up two pounds. Then we finally agreed on 152," Canelo said.

The Mexican star further claimed that Mayweather and his team tried to keep him quiet regarding the "catch-weight" negotiations. 

"They tried to keep us quiet. They told us not to speak with the media. They told us not to disclose anything and we were fine with that.  The reason why we are talking about the weight today is because they called us idiots and said we wanted the catch-weight, they are lying," said Canelo, who weighs around 153 to 154-pounds as of Tuesday.

Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, said Canelo was the first individual who made comments regarding a catch-weight and says it doesn't matter if Canelo made the statments in 2011.

"It doesn't matter when he said it," Ellerbe said. "We took advantage of a situation. The kid suggested it himself a long time ago.  He put himself out there like that and we’re going to hold his feet to the fire.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by richardt on 09-12-2013

[QUOTE=Arakawa Dunn;13735034]Maybe you are wrong richardt. Maybe someone else did suggest it.[/QUOTE]Wrong about what? Canelo is on record 2 weeks before the signing of the fight saying that he did not want to fight below 154. That came from only…

Comment by UTEP on 09-12-2013

[QUOTE=Rysandro;13734211] [/QUOTE] :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

Comment by The Big Dunn on 09-12-2013

Maybe you are wrong richardt. Maybe someone else did suggest it. [QUOTE=Cuauhtémoc1520;13735017]You want to know the truth about how that negotiation went? Mayweather wasn't going to fight Canelo at 154, he just wasn't. How do I know this? Because every…

Comment by richardt on 09-12-2013

[QUOTE=boxingfeind;13734506]Plus just because Canelo claims Floyd wanted to fight him at 147,that does`nt mean that its true.Theirs 2 sides to every story.[/QUOTE]Only ONE fighter demanded that the fight be at 152 and you know damn well it was not Canelo.…

Comment by richardt on 09-12-2013

[QUOTE=boxingfeind;13734506]Did`t some of you defend Pacquiao in the first negotiations for a Mayweather fight when Pac Juice claimed "I`m scared of needles " And his "taking blood makes me weak" claim and the "Floyd is looking for a way out…

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