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Mayweather: I'm The A-Side, My PPVs Built Canelo's Name

By Edward Chaykovsky

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26KOs) feels partially responsible for the growing popularity of WBC/WBA 154-pound champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (42-0-1, 30KOs). In his April victory over Austin Trout, Canelo brought 40,000 fans to the Alamodome in Texas. On September 14, he faces Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Canelo has been showcased on at least three major pay-per-view events headlined by Mayweather. Mayweather views it as a smart strategy by Canelo's team, and Golden Boy Promotions, to place the Mexican star in those key positions.

Mayweather rejects the idea that Canelo has a bigger fan base or that anyone should consider the young Mexican as the more popular fighter.

"I think it was a brilliant game plan to keep putting Canelo on my undercards so he could build himself a fan base and then ultimately face myself and then we come together and make an exciting fight for the fans. Of course [I believe that I am partially responsible for his popularity], he fought on a lot of my undercards. He was able to build his name. He always fought in the pre-main event. He hasn't had a chance to go on pay-per-view by himself yet, so once again he's the B-side and I'm the A-side," Mayweather said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Flaco-N13 on 07-01-2013

Lmmao seriously Mayweather needs to have his head checked. Honestly n apologies to real boxing fans like me but I never heard of Junior before or after fighting ODLH. Till he returned to fight fat version of Mr. Warquez. O…

Comment by torosboxing75 on 06-28-2013

Floyd just loves to massage his ego. It's like he has to convince himself all the time. Just relax Floyd everything is going to be alright.:bottle:

Comment by torosboxing75 on 06-28-2013

[quote=dudeiknow;13510804]for floyd to even bring this up it really means something, sorry floyd but canelo is the a side here, had you been fighting devon like you were planning to awhile back no one would give a sh1t, it took…

Comment by bigsmoothh on 06-28-2013

[QUOTE=Wyvceo;13512862]You are smoking some good shizz...floyd will be am all time great either way he's almost 37 career is pretty much a wrap ...Canelo outside Mexico is no a huge figure live him or hit him floyd is know works…

Comment by beast702 on 06-28-2013

Mayweather is the A Side no doubt. But Canelo Growing fan base and star power is helping this fight be as big as its going to be. This is the biggest fight we've had in awhile. We should be grateful…

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