Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Canelo Alvarez fight date set for Sept. 14 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Jed Jacobsohn

Someone's "0" will have to go when undefeated prize fighters Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez collide in a championship showdown booked for "Sin City" in late summer 2013.

It's the "biggest fight boxing has to offer" at the moment and it will be contested at a catchweight of 152 pounds.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will put his WBA Super Light Middleweight (154 pounds) title, along with his top pound-for-pound fighter status, on the line when he collides with WBA and WBC Light Middleweight Champion, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, in a high-profile boxing match scheduled to take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sept. 14, 2013.

"Money" recently broke the good news via Twitter.com, saying he chose Alvarez to give "the fans what they want," which is perhaps a round-a-bout way of making up for the Manny Pacquiao dream fight that never was because both sides could never come to terms.

It's better than nothing. In fact, it's quite a risk for the supremely talented (and calculated) Mayweather, 36, who has no doubt lost a slight step, to challenge "Canelo," 22 -- a much younger Mexican star on the rise -- in the twilight of such a prestigious combat sports career.

It's certainly one way to cement a legacy that may never include a fight with "Pac Man," who also opted to take what many feel is also a dangerous fight against Brandon Rios later this year after suffering a savage knockout at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez.

The good news is that Mayweather and Pacquiao wins could set up the dream fight for 2014 at long last. However, Canelo and Rios will certainly do everything in their power to upset the apple cart.

Time will tell.

Mayweather earlier this month returned from a year-long layoff, part of which was spent in prison on a domestic violence conviction, to tool an overmatched Robert Guerrero en route to a lopsided unanimous decision. Canelo, meanwhile, most recently topped Austin Trout on the judges scorecards to unify 154-pound belts and establish himself as one of the best in the business.

One who apparently does not lack confidence.

"I'm very excited," he told ESPN.com. "This is the fight I have wanted for a while. It's been talked about for a while now, and now that it's signed, sealed and delivered, I am very happy. I will be the first to beat Floyd."

"Mayweather vs. Canelo" will air on Showtime PPV, which claims "Money" delivered more than one million buys despite early reports to the contrary.

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