Floyd Mayweather claimed during a Monday interview with Fight Hype that he may challenge Danny Garcia to scrap to nix the upcoming bout between Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan.
The 5-foot-9 Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) is slated to defend the WBC world middleweight title against the 5-foot-8 Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) at a maximum weight of 155 pounds on May 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Meanwhile, Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) exited the squared circle for supposedly the final time on September 12 after unanimously outscoring Andre Berto. Speculation remains strong that Mayweather will eventually return to surpass Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 mark.
“You know, I can easily put a halt on (Canelo-Khan) if I chose to call Mr. Garcia, (Danny) Garcia’s dad,” said Mayweather, 39, who last lost as a 19-year-old to Bulgarian Serafim Todorov in the semifinals of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. “If I choose to call him and say, ‘You know what, sir, you’re a hell of a trainer. Your son’s a hell of a fighter, he’s an undefeated champion, I’m an undefeated champion, and I think it would be great for me and your son both to make a lot of money.”
Mayweather then noted that he earned a majority decision over the 25-year-old Alvarez in September 2013 and the 29-year-old Khan got comically knocked onto Queer Street by the 27-year-old Garcia (32-0, 18 KOs) in the fourth round of their July 2012 mismatch.
“Because if I’m not mistaken, I fought Canelo, right, and then Danny Garcia fought Amir Khan, and we’re both undefeated, so who do you want to see?” asked Mayweather, who earned The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007. “It would be good for me to come back for number 50 and fight the undefeated Danny Garcia, you know, at the MGM Grand. You know, since Danny Garcia is undefeated and he’s very explosive, he’s a very good fighter, and he really represents Puerto Rico the same way that (Felix) Trinidad (did). Even though he’s from Philadelphia, he represents the red, white, and blue for Puerto Rico.”
The WBC announced in January that Alvarez must face Gennady Golovkin in a 2016 unification contest. Shortly after the WBC’s announcement, Alvarez dropped his absurd request for a catchweight and verbally agreed to battle the 33-year-old Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) as a true, 160-pound middleweight. However, Alvarez was given permission to meet an alternate opponent in the interim so he can “safely” gain weight before throwing fists with Golovkin. Hence, Alvarez will meet the unimposing Khan and Golovkin will face the unaccomplished Dominic Wade on April 23.
Khan has fast hands and solid skills. Regrettably for the human chandelier, Khan also has a glass jaw and Alvarez’s fists resemble cinder blocks. Alvarez will relentlessly attack Khan and constantly land vicious shots. It’s unlikely that Khan can survive more than 18 minutes in the squared circle with Alvarez. Still, although Alvarez and Khan will be a lopsided beating, Mayweather has some audacity to discuss interrupting this signed showdown on Cinco de Mayo weekend. There are plenty of over dates this spring and summer for Mayweather and Garcia to collide.
Sadly for fans, Floyd Mayweather has always cared more about Floyd Mayweather than the sport of boxing.