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Will Floyd Mayweather regret fighting Alvarez?

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After every boxing fan was left disappointed once it became clear that Floyd Mayweather's next fight was not going to be against Manny Pacquiao, the news that the American will fight Saul Alvarez in September brought a smile to everyone's lips.

It will be, arguably, the best pound-for-pound boxer that has ever lived against a 22-year-old Mexican who already holds three world championships.

What could go wrong for Mayweather?

Undoubtedly, one of the reasons why this fight has been arranged is the amount of money that both boxers will generate from it. There are already rumours suggesting it could be Mayweather's biggest payday and that it will be the second biggest non-heavyweight fight ever on pay-per-view.

The problem for Mayweather is that he may find himself out of his depth for the first time in his 17-year professional boxing career.

Alvarez is no amateur despite his young age. The current WBC, WBA, and Ring Magazine Light Middleweight Champion has already fought 43 times, just one less than Mayweather, despite the American being 14 years his senior.

Both boxers hold unbeaten records in their career, but there have always been claims that Mayweather picks his opponents knowing they are weaker than him.

The 36-year-old was only released from prison in August last year after serving two months of an 87-day sentence for domestic abuse and the Alvarez fight will be his second since release.

Weight could also be an issue for Mayweather.

Normally, the American fights at 147lb, but there are rumours that this bout will be at a 152 pound catch weight. Despite this, both boxers are putting their light-middleweight titles on the line.

Alvarez also has the tendency to be able to pile on weight in the day between the weigh-in and fight, meaning he could be boxing with a weight of up to 170lb.

Mayweather has never fought anyone who can get this much weight behind a punch and with Alvarez being so much younger, fitness could tell.

However, Alvarez has only been taken the full 12 rounds on five occasions, compared to Mayweather's 14 occasions.

I therefore expect Alvarez to try and get Mayweather early in the fight. Despite being the older man, the American has more experience in the longer bouts and this could tell if it goes past eight rounds.

Whatever happens, expect a fiery encounter, with neither boxer wanting to lose their unbeaten record.

 

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