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Mayweather: This is One of My Best Camps So Far

By Keith Idec

Floyd Mayweather Jr. hasn’t had fights as close together as his May 4 victory over Robert Guerrero and his Sept. 14 showdown with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez since 2001.

Boxing’s pound-for-pound king has fought just five times in the past 5½ years as well. But even at 36, Mayweather isn’t at all concerned about facing an unbeaten, 23-year-old junior middleweight just four months and 10 days after dominating Guerrero at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

“It’s good,” Mayweather said Wednesday before his open workout at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas. “I think I’m sharp. I’ve been boxing a lot of rounds and actually, this is one of my best training camps so far. So I’m happy to be getting right back in there. I’m really going to be a lot sharper this fight than I was the last fight.”

A temporary retirement, financial freedom from making enormous purses and a two-month incarceration are among the reasons for Mayweather’s limited activity in recent years.

Before the Guerrero and Alvarez fights, the last time Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) boxed twice in such a short span was when he defeated Carlos Hernandez in their WBC super featherweight title fight on May 26, 2001, in Mayweather’s native Grand Rapids, Mich. That fight came four months and six days after Mayweather knocked down the late Diego Corrales five times in a fight he won by 10th-round technical knockout Jan. 20, 2001, in Las Vegas.

The undefeated five-division champion conquered Corrales a little less than three months following his ninth-round stoppage of Emanuel Augustus in Detroit.

Mexico’s Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) has been much busier than the favored Mayweather. The WBC 154-pound champion has fought nine times in the past three years, though obviously not against anyone nearly as skilled and accomplished as Mayweather.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mike3000gt71 on 08-30-2013

You mayweather fans are done for...mayweather is getting his culo whooped,Canelo is going to be your daddy,come sept 14 ,,cant wait to make fun

Comment by boxer2k5 on 08-29-2013

[QUOTE=WESS;13695743]You're about as stupid as Pac-boys prediction history. Go home fanboy, you're drunk and shamelessly ignorant.[/QUOTE] exactly. I don't even know why anyone entertain fools like this

Comment by RawDawgHasSpokn on 08-29-2013

[QUOTE=PAC-BOY;13694905]No. I picked Guerrero...Boy was that a dud. I was seriously wrong on that one. I thought Ortiz had a good shot...Never saw a sucker punch win a fight...but hey thats Boxing. Mosley...no didnt stand a chance. JMM coming up…

Comment by mathed on 08-29-2013

[QUOTE=harwri008;13695690]Having a great camp is the standard for Mayweather. We've seen it on 24/7 and now all access for 6 years now. I can't imagine how much better it could get. Is it September 14th yet?[/QUOTE] Haha, good point. The…

Comment by Reloaded on 08-29-2013

[QUOTE=ox805er;13694801]I'll agree for the most part.. but to say that it was Mayweather deciding to stand and trade with Cotto is a push... I've always been a fan of Cotto's footwork and head movement.. He knew how to cut the…

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