Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains King of the Ring with his impressive win over Saul Alvarez in the highest boxing purse ever generated by a boxer in one fight. The figure being bandied around is 42 million US dollars.
His deal with Showtime Television has been reported as $300 million for six fights with the Alvarez bout being the second of these. There is also his share for the pay-perview estimated at $45 million, so at a guess superstar Mayweather will be pocketing in the region of $100 million for one nights work.
Floyd is pound-for-pound the best fighter in the world and possibly one of the best defensive fighters ever. His hawk-eye reflexes and perfectly executed jab make him nearly invincible.
I don’t believe in comparing great fighters from different era’s but there is no doubt that the Money Man is in a class of his own in the 21st century and one can only wonder how legends like Sugar Ray Robinson and Sugar Ray Leonard fighting as welterweights in their prime would have faired against Mayweather.
Possibly there is only one fighter around in boxing today that might give Mayweather a real fight and that is Gennady Golovkin the WBA and IBO middleweight champion, if he came down to slightly above the junior middleweight limit for a match with Mayweather. However, Floyd will possibly be too fast for a drained Golovkin and win on points.
Wladimir Klitschko did not do the heavyweight division any favours with his laboured and boring clinch fest 12 round points win over previously undefeated Alexander Povetkin.
Heavyweight boxing which is known as the Premier division is so much poorer without the likes of Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and our own Corrie Sanders.
As they late boxing scribe Terry Pettifer often said - Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and even Mike Tyson would have been too much for the one-dimensional Klitchko’s.
On the local scene we have the November 9 tournament at Emperors Palace with Golden Gloves Promotions presenting a “world” title double-header featuring Tommy Oosthuizen defending his IBO super middleweight title against Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna of Argentina and Hekkie Budler putting his IBO strawweight title on the line against Hugo Hernan Verchelli also of Argentina.