Team Alexander: We'll Shock The World, Beat Mayweather

By Rick Reeno

Kevin Cunningham, manager and trainer of IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (24-1, 13KOs), expects an industry shocker if a deal is finalized for his boxer to face WBC king Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26KOs) on May 4th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mayweather shook things up last Tuesday night, when he announced on his personal Twitter page that a deal was nearly complete for his May 4th return, and Alexander was the frontrunner to become his opponent. 

"The negotiations for my fight are almost done," said Mayweather via the social media portals. "The front runner is IBF Champion Devon Alexander. It'd be a unification bout at welterweight."

Most insiders were expecting Mayweather to announce the heavily rumored fight with Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, who is the mandatory challenger under the WBC. Everyone was shocked when Alexander's name was mentioned as the likely candidate - especially given the fact that only a day earlier Alexander had withdrawn from a scheduled fight with Kell Brook due to injury.

The match would set up an interesting scenario, since Mayweather and Alexander are both represented by powerful adviser Al Haymon. Regardless of all that, Cunningham is only focused on one thing when it comes to a Mayweather fight - victory.

"History always repeats itself. In 1978, a fighter from St. Louis named Leon Spinks got the opportunity to fight the best fighter in the world, Muhammad Ali. Nobody gave Spinks a chance and we all saw what happened. Leon shocked the world and that is exactly what's going to happen if Devon gets the opportunity to fight Mayweather," Cunningham exclusively told

On Wednesday, the IBF announced that their organization would not sanction the Mayweather fight as a unification - because there is a signed contract to fight Brook. Cunningham would not discuss the IBF's statements.

However, in terms of Alexander's recovery time for his injured right bicep - Cunningham indicates that his boxer will ready to fight by April - whether it's Mayweather, Brook or anyone else.

"Devon will be able to fight early April. He'll be ready to fight anybody - regardless of who it is," Cunningham said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LAFIRPO on 02-08-2013

LOL. Al Haymon ruins everything. Seriously, ever since Haymon got involved in boxing I've seen more and more crappy fights. This guy Haymon is not interested in pleasing the boxing public.

Comment by V.WEBB on 02-08-2013

Devon used to be a sparring partner when Floyd was prepping for Zab. Fan of Devon since he was a kid here in St Louis, big fan of Floyd for many years now. I DO NOT WANT TO SEE A…

Comment by thuggery on 02-08-2013

[QUOTE=bojangles1987;13009860]:rofl::rofl: Spray him with a hose.[/QUOTE] Good idea, until he starts grunting uncontrollably

Comment by bojangles1987 on 02-08-2013

Alexander should be confident. So should Guerrero. One thing nobody seems to be taking into account: The Ginger Curse. Even Floyd Mayweather can't stand before a force that paralyzed one man, re-injured the shoulder of another, broke the jaw of…

Comment by bojangles1987 on 02-08-2013

[QUOTE=The_Golden_Goy;13009265]If Devon Alexander was fighting in my back garden, I'd shut the curtains[/QUOTE] :rofl::rofl: Spray him with a hose.

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