Canelo Alvarez wanted May 2, but he's been pushed to May 9 because of Mayweather-Pacquiao.
The scheduled May 2 fight between Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland will move to May 9, according to Chris Mannix, who also says that nobody involved had any issue with having to change their date, given the circumstances (the circumstances being the official announcement of Mayweather-Pacquiao, of course).
Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KO) badly wanted to fight on the May 2 date in an effort to "reclaim" the Cinco De Mayo weekend for Mexican boxing, and aggressively pursued a fight with Miguel Cotto in order to have the best chance at pushing Floyd Mayweather off of the date, though Mayweather has intended on fighting on this date since his last bout in September.
When negotiations with Cotto fell apart, Kirkland (32-1, 28 KO) was drafted in quickly as a replacement, and the deal was done in a matter of days. It's a terrific fight on paper, matching Canelo with a highly dangerous, explosive power puncher, but it's certainly no Mayweather-Pacquiao, and with HBO involved in that fight as well, it obviously makes no sense for them to run a fight on HBO while they're also trying to sell what will likely be the biggest PPV fight of all time. So this fight gets bumped, and it's another Saturday night with a good fight. Hard to complain.
Jim Lampley, Al Bernstein, and Roy Jones Jr will reportedly call The Fight on May 2.
With Mayweather vs Pacquiao now official, more details on the fight and its presentation as a joint HBO and Showtime venture is starting to come out. One bi...
It's here! The first artwork for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight! It's just a prototype, basically! SO WHAT!
Since we've spent over five years firing up posts every time Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were mentioned in the same paragraph, you better believe everything happening now is going to be UP IN YOUR GRILL! Since the fight is official, we're at a new level.
That means you get a post for THIS, the first (semi) official artwork for the fight! This is courtesy the Mayweather Promotions Twitter. It's real! It's not made by a fan who just wants it to be true!
THIS IS A REAL THING FROM THE REAL PEOPLE REALLY INVOLVED WITH THIS REAL FIGHT! IT'S REAL! IT'S ACTUALLY REAL AND HAPPENING!
Of course this probably isn't the final, truly official official poster, officially, and that should hit The Streets (the internet) soon enough, and then we'll post about THAT, because tHAT'S HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS, YOU DUMMIES! Prepare to have your brains bashed in for two and a half more months.