One of the few who thought Dmitry Bivol would succeed against Saul Canelo Alvarez earlier this year was boxing icon, Floyd Mayweather.
The Mexican superstar was favored to defeat Bivol in May and win the WBA light-heavyweight title. However, Bivol ultimately prevailed on scores of 115-113 from all three ringside judges.
It was Canelo’s first defeat since Mayweather defeated him by majority decision in 2013 and just his second loss in 61 bouts overall.
He has now won all of his boxing bouts at middleweight and super-middleweight, defeating Gennady Golovkin, Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders, Danny Jacobs, and Caleb Plant.
Many believed Canelo would defeat Bivol before trying to become the undisputed light-heavyweight champion. However, Mayweather believed Canelo was taking on too much.
Following Canelo’s defeat, Mayweather uploaded a photo of a betting slip on Instagram with the comment “easy pick up,” placing $10,000 on the 4/1 underdog Bivol. He received $42,500 as a result of the prediction, for a total income of $52,500, which is certainly not bad.
Mayweather retired from professional boxing in 2017 after earning an outrageous sum of money for his match with Conor McGregor.
The 45-year-old boxer still competes despite being among the most wealthy boxers of all time and seeming to have a bank account filled with big gambling winnings.
Mayweather has engaged in exhibition fights with YouTube star Logan Paul, Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, and Don Moore, a former sparring partner.
Prior to facing everyone’s favorite online boxer, Deji, who earned his first professional victory last month, he will fight next week when he faces 16-3 MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura.
On the other hand, on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Canelo will face Golovkin for the third time as he makes progress toward the boxing Hall of Fame.
In 2017, the rivals squared up for the first time in a 12-round bout that was intensely exciting and contested and resulted in a controversial draw that many believed deprived the Kazakhstani boxer of a win.
Alvarez won by a razor-thin majority decision in their rematch the following year. However, Golovkin has always maintained that he won both bouts. Now he’ll get his opportunity to exact retribution.