By Jake Donovan
A lot has been made of Floyd Mayweather’s four-month turnaround between fights as he prepares for his September 14 showdown with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The unbeaten pound-for-pound king has been one fight and out every year since returning to the ring in 2009, having not returned to the ring this quick in more than ten years when he faced Victoriano Sosa four months after his rematch with Jose Luis Castillo.
“This camp went great. It was a good turnaround; I was able to stay sharp,” Mayweather says of the mere 19 weeks between ring appearances. “I’ve been getting good solid work and the young guys (in Mayweather Boxing Club gym) have been pushing me.”
Mayweather was two months removed from his 26th birthday at the time of his points win over Sosa. Ten years later, the 36-year old Mayweather turns back the clock for the sake of fighting on the two biggest dates of any given boxing calendar year. His win over Robert Guerrero came on Cinco de Mayo weekend, the fourth time Mayweather headlined an event with that particular holiday theme as the backdrop dating back to his split decision nod over Oscar de la Hoya in 2007.
For the third time in the past five years, Mayweather (44-0, 26KO) headlines a card on a September weekend celebrating Mexican Independence Day. Previous wins over Juan Manuel Marquez and Victor Ortiz came during this weekend in 2009 and 2011, respectively, though both fights marking his only ring appearance for that calendar year.
Completion of next weekend’s fight will mark the first time that Mayweather headlines on both holidays in the same calendar year. It’s yet another historical entry in the storied and eventual Hall of Fame career of the most talented and bankable fighter in the world today, but not something he intends to serve as a one-time entry.
“After this fight, I’ll fight next May and then September again,” Mayweather promises.
The Showtime pay-per-view headliner will take place at a 152 lb. catchweight limit.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as the Records Keeper for the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and a member of Boxing Writers Association of America.
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