LOS ANGELES - The world's highest paid athlete Floyd Mayweather will put his perfect record on the line when he squares off against Mexican dynamo Saul Alvarez in a showdown between two undefeated boxers.
Saturday's (today Fiji time) 12-round showdown at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas will be contested at 152 pounds with Alvarez's World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association super welterweight titles on the line. Alvarez (42-0-1) is a 154-pound champion and Mayweather usually fights at 147 pounds.
Mayweather, who will make at least $US41 million ($F76.79 million) for this fight, surprisingly told ESPN on Thursday that he is still waiting to hear what game plan his trainer/father Floyd Sr has in store for him.
"Training camp went well. I am pretty sure my father has a brilliant game plan," Mayweather said.
Asked by the commentator to explain why, with just two days to go before the fight, he didn't know what his father's tactics were going to be, Mayweather gave a rambling answer.
"I am talking about what my father has in store. You don't have a game plan eight weeks into the fight," said Mayweather, who is undefeated in 44 fights. "Because right before I go into the ring my dad is going to say 'this is what I want you to work on'. So I go out there and do it.
Former pro boxer Floyd Mayweather Sr taught his son to fight and was his trainer early in Floyd Jr's career.
They had a falling out and the uncle, Roger Mayweather, took over as Floyd Jr's trainer. Then earlier this year Floyd Jr made up with his father and this marks the second straight bout Floyd Sr will be running the show.
"I am happy my dad is back with team and we are working hand to hand," Mayweather said at Wednesday's news conference.
"If the game plan is to keep pressure I know how to handle it. If the game plan is to box, can't nobody outbox me."