Canelo Alvarez will commence the start of his new $365 million deal with streaming platform DAZN this week when he takes on Rocky Fielding for the WBA ‘Regular’ super-middleweight title on Saturday night.
The fight at Madison Square Garden is set to be the first of his next 11 bouts on the platform spread out over a five year term.
His promoter Golden Boy Promotions announced the news a couple of months back at this stage but one Floyd Mayweather has consistently (and subtly — until now) bashed the news for his former rival in boxing since.
Speaking at the press conference for his exhibition bout against a Japanese kick boxer next up, Mayweather was keen to impress upon people that Canelo’s deal is nowhere near the biggest deal in boxing history:
“He had his chance (to rematch me) that’s why he called me out. I think he got a big deal. They say it’s the biggest deal in boxing history but I know that my deal with Showtime — I got $750 million in just 3 fights. To me, that sound’s like the biggest deal.”
Mayweather defeated Canelo Alvarez by shut out majority points decision when they fought, a fight he easily won it must be noted.
That said, Canelo was a lot younger then.
Now the Mexican boxing star is the main pay per view attraction in the sport today and riding the crest of wave coming off the biggest win of his career earlier this year against Gennady Golovkin in Las Vegas.