Floyd Mayweather: Canelo is the best possible opponent at this time

Mike Stobe

Floyd Mayweather says that Canelo Alvarez is the best fight he could have taken right now, and that's why he's fighting him on September 14.

Floyd Mayweather will meet Canelo Alvarez in what will be the biggest fight of 2013 on September 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on Showtime pay-per-view. It's the second bout of Mayweather's monster deal with Showtime and CBS Sports, following a May 4 win over Robert Guerrero that some still suspect was a pay-per-view disappointment, with no official numbers reported.

But whatever with that, it's in the past. Alvarez is Mayweather's immediate future, and he says via press release earlier today that he chose this fight because it was the best matchup available right now.

"I picked Canelo because he deserves the chance and is the best opponent possible for me at this time," said Mayweather. "When I signed my new deal with Showtime and CBS, I said I was going to stay active and fight the best fighters and I am keeping my word.

"I looked at several different fighters and decided to pick Canelo because he can give me a great fight and one the fans are going to appreciate."

Mayweather (44-0, 26 KO) believes that those who feel he's taking a major risk against a younger, naturally stronger man are correct, but he feels skill will be the difference

"Sure it's a risk to fight a guy that is younger and bigger than me, but I love taking risks. Be ready because I'm in fantastic shape and I'm going to train even harder for this fight than I did for my last one. He might be a big, young, strong and talented champion, but my experience and work ethic make me believe that I'm that much better and no one in boxing can beat me right now."

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