Floyd camp denies demanding catchweight
MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Floyd Mayweather Jr. maintained that they never demanded a catchweight for the boxer’s junior middleweight title fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 14.
The bout, which was supposed to take place at 154 pounds, will happen at a 152-pound catchweight as agreed upon by both parties.
But Mayweather’s adviser Leonard Ellerbe pointed out in Boxing Scene that it was Alvarez’s camp who offered the catchweight.
“It wasn’t that Floyd Mayweather asked for a catchweight, because absolutely that did not happen. I want to be clear on the record for that,” Ellerbe said.
Boxing observers believe that that catchweight could drain out Alvarez, who has been fighting at 154 pounds since 2010. This, they said, puts the Mexican at risk when he faces a slick fighting Mayweather.
Ellerbe claimed that his client would have been willing to fight Alvarez at 154 pounds. However, he admitted that they took advantage of the catchweight offer.
“Floyd would have fought him regardless, but his management put that out there. So if you have an idiot manager, that’s what it is.
“Why would we go in a different direction? They suggested it, why would we say no and do something different? They put him at a disadvantage. His management did,” Ellerbe said.