Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0, 25 KOs) will take on Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight bout on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. At stake is Ortiz’ WBC welterweight title. Ortiz won the title after stopping Andre Berto last April. Mayweather hasn’t fought since scoring a lopsided unanimous-decision over Shane Mosley on May 1, 2010.
Aside from taking Ortiz’ belt, a win for the undefeated welterweight could set up a mega-fight against Manny Pacquiao next May. Pacquiao will take on Juan Manuel Marguez on November 12 in Las Vegas. A win for Ortiz could put him in line for a hot at Pacquiao.
Here's the purse breakdown: Mayweather will get a guaranteed $25 million and Ortiz will get $2 million. Mayweather's figure doesn't include any side deals he may have since he is in on the promotion of the fight.
HBO’s live PPV telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The undercard offers an exciting look into boxing’s future.
Junior middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KOs) will defend his WBC title against Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KOs) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Regarded as Mexico’s next all-time great, Alvarez, 21, has taken the sport by storm. There is talk of him taking on Miguel Cotto or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. next spring.
As for Gomez, most fans remember him from his stint on NBC’s “The Contender” in 2004. Outside of his role on the show, Gomez has made much of a buzz lately. Outside of wins against Arturo Gatti and Jose Luis Castillo, Gomez hasn’t made much of a splash.
Erik Morales (51-7, 35 KOs) will take on Pablo Cesar Cano (22-0-1, 17 KOs) in a 140-pound bout for the vacant WBC title. Everyone knows the story of Morales, who is looking to put himself back into the championship mix. Cano, 21, is another talented Mexican fighter hoping to get a win over a household name.
Junior welterweight Jessie Vargas (16-0, 9 KOs) will hook up with Josesito Lopez (29-3, 17 KOs) in the first televised undercard of the night. Vargas is another one of boxing’s talented youngsters hoping to make a name for himself. As for Lopez, who has won his last seven fights, Saturday will mark his fight in the spotlight.