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Floyd Mayweather v Saul Alvarez: Fight of the year?

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Floyd Mayweather is the current pound-for-pound king (©GettyImages)
Floyd Mayweather is the current pound-for-pound king (©GettyImages).

There is much excitement throughout the boxing community after the announcement that Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather will face Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in Las Vegas on September 14.

It will be fought at a catchweight of 152lbs/10.8571 stone. This is a compromise between the two fighters who naturally fight at 147 and 154lbs respectively.

This is a massive fight and one that is guaranteed to catch the imagination of the people. Mayweather the slick, experienced 36-year-old veteran versus the young, aggressive 22-year-old Alvarez.

The style of Alvarez should make for an interesting fight as he will look to walk Mayweather down and throw big combinations. He is a tough typical Mexican-type fighter who will give it his all.

With an impressive record of 43 wins, no losses and one draw with 31 KOs, he is a young, unbeaten, hungry fighter determined to prove just how good he is.

Until his recent unification fight with Austin Trout (which he won) many suggested that he was yet to prove himself against top opposition. With this now seemingly put to bed following his victory, he has moved on to pen the fight with the pound-for-pound great and the defensive genius Mayweather.

The catchweight of 152lbs could prove to be Mayweather’s biggest issue as he is not naturally that big so he will have to pump himself up. With that brings the issue of fighting a man who is naturally bigger and stronger than you in terms of Alvarez who will try to bully Mayweather around the ring. Yes, Mayweather has fought at 154lbs before versus Miguel Cotto but he looked unconvincing, which is rare for Mayweather.

Mayweather’s last fight against six-time world champion over four weight divisions Robert ‘The Ghost’ Geurrero was a showcase of Mayweather’s undoubted talent. Guerrero is a tough, determined fighter who came to win but was made to look a class below Mayweather. Some were tipping Guerrero so many were impressed with the dominance that Mayweather asserted and the seeming ease at which he won.

Canelo was also very impressive in his last outing versus Austin Trout and has real power shown by him knocking Trout down resulting in jelly legs momentarily. Trout had never been knocked down until this fight so was extremely impressive. This power will be key in the fight and something that Canelo will need to establish if he is to be successful. I expect him to struggle to land his power shots on the evasive Mayweather.

I expect the hype around this fight to be huge and ultimately expect a good fight. I see Mayweather being pressured in certain rounds but coming out on top via a relatively comprehensive points decision. His sly style of boxing will be too much for Canelo to handle and at times he will be made to look slow as almost all of Mayweather’s opponents are.

This fight has got me really excited and I am eagerly anticipating all the build-up - as so many boxing fans are.

 

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