On Wednesday, the UFC welterweight champion and headliner of UFC 268 surprised reporters during his media day press conference [which you can watch above] by revealing his interest in a boxing bout with Alvarez. Explaining that the idea of the two best pound-for-pound talents in MMA and boxing facing off in their prime would be a never-before-seen moment in combat sports history.
Kamaru Usman has grand plans for what comes after UFC 268
“I think that’s something that [could be the biggest fight] ever in history. That’s what I’m looking to do. That’s something that scares me. That’s something that gets me up in the morning. That’s something I might risk leaving my daughter for another 12 weeks for. That’s something that I’m looking at. God willing, this Saturday we do what we need to do [against Covington], and why not?” he said.
“Pound-for-pound mixed martial artist in the world versus pound-for-pound boxer in the world, promoted by the pound-for-pound [promoter] Dana White, why not? … “That’s one thing I love about Dana if it makes money it makes sense. Hopefully, we have that conversation.”
Both men are in the midst of fight week festivities for important bookings tomorrow night. Alvarez, 31, will be competing in a super middleweight title fight against unbeaten American Caleb Plant, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. The news of Usman’s idea traversed the continent from New York — the site of UFC 268 — to Vegas, and “Canelo” was asked about the MMA stars desire for a matchup with him.
In response, the 56-1 boxer kept it short in giving his thoughts on the super-fight concept. “Payday,” was all Alvarez said [h/t BJPenn].
Canelo Alvarez adds Usman to the list of fighters looking to cash-in a ‘payday’ lottery ticket against him
Obviously, his response was neither a yes or a no. However, it was a confirmation that Usman is one of many fighters from all corners of the fight sports realm that would love to cash in on the “Canelo” lottery, and earn eight figures in a fight they are likely to lose.
Alvarez is set to earn US $40 million for his pay-per-view championship fight. By being the B-side to a fight featuring the sweet science superstar, Plant reportedly will rake in US $10 million to try and solve the Alvarez puzzle. Although contracted fight night pay for UFC athletes is not disclosed by the organization, Usman (19-1) will surely not make anywhere near what Plant will, as he defends his title for the fifth time in the main event spot inside Madison Square Garden.
UFC 268 takes place tomorrow night [Nov. 6] and begins with the preliminary portion of the card at 6 pm ET. The main card PPV kicks off at 10 pm ET exclusively on ESPN+ for US $69.99.
The Alvarez vs Plant fight card begins at 9 pm ET on Showtime PPV, for a cost of US $79.99.