Floyd Mayweather Will Earn His Money in Megafight with Canelo Alvarez

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 10:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. watches a video as he accepts the award for Male Fighter of the Year from Nevada at the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame inaugural induction gala at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino on August 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Floyd Mayweather will add further credence to his "Money" moniker when he squares off against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in Las Vegas.

The two undefeated fighters will clash on Saturday, Sept. 14, in an evening that is set to accrue some massive revenue. 

According to Forbes' Kurt Badenhausen, Mayweather will garner a guaranteed $41.5 million for the fight, which has a record $19.9 million gate at MGM Grand. Ordering the fight on pay-per-view in HD will cost customers $74.95, which has Ellerbe and Golden Boy Promotions chief Richard Schaefer expecting the showdown to earn $140 million in sales, per Badenhausen.

That certainly sets the bar high for Mayweather and Alvarez to deliver an unforgettable fight. Most of the onus falls on the shoulders of Mayweather, though, who is riding his name-brand popularity to a massive payday.

While some fans will undoubtedly root for the outspoken competitor to fail, hoards of supporters are spending what could be a full day's work to watch Mayweather compete. Always up to the challenge, expect Mayweather to deliver another show.     

Of course, one can argue that Mayweather wouldn't truly earn $41 million in one night of work unless he rids the world of all war, diseases and food shortages. But in terms of making money by successfully punching someone more than the other person punches you, Mayweather will prove worthy of every penny.

Commonly regarded as the world's best pound-for-pound boxer, Mayweather meshes swift agility with careful defensive maneuvering. According to CompuBox, opponents have landed just 17 percent of punches directed at the elusive star.

With only 26 of his 44 victories stemming via knockout, purchasers are unlikely to see Mayweather oust Alvarez with a hefty haymaker. Then again, if Mayweather gets his way, fans will get more for their money when the match goes the full 12 rounds. Wouldn't it stink to shell out $70 to watch two rounds of boxing?

The best defender around, Mayweather must rely on his veteran wherewithal to outlast his younger adversary. While Alvarez will swing fearlessly with power punches, Mayweather will wear him out and pick his spots on the offensive.

Mayweather will be taken to the limit by Alvarez, but the untested 23-year-old has never faced a fighter like Mayweather. It's at worst a great learning experience for a future star. He'll put his name in the public's good graces, but Money Mayweather will shine on the grand stage before borrowing Walter White's barrels to take home his earnings.

With an insane amount of dough going into this Vegas fight, look for Mayweather to satisfy the promoters while causing fans to momentarily forget just how much cash they shelled out to watch two men hit each other.

And if Mayweather does succumb to a phenomenal upset, the Cinderella story is a great money-making narrative.