On September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Floyd “Money” Mayweather (44-0, 26KO’s) will take on perhaps the most dangerous opponent of his career in young unbeaten Mexican World Champion, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30KO’s) for his WBC and WBA Light Middleweight championships of the world.
For years now, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have dominated the pound for pound rankings in boxing. They have won world titles in five of the same weight divisions as each other, and have five common opponents.
But the fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao, which boxing fans have craved for years, has never come off, leaving fans of the sport disappointed to have missed out on the biggest potential “super” fight that this era has had to offer.
Now with Pacquiao seemingly in decline following two-straight defeats (the first of which was debateable) and Mayweather recently signing a multi-million dollar, six fight, 30-month contract with Showtime, it seems that Floyd needs a new rival who will generate even larger pay per view audiences than Floyd usually gets and the only way to get them kind of numbers is to fight someone that people genuinely feel can beat Floyd.
The person that most people give a good shot of beating Mayweather is the young Mexican Alvarez who’s nicknamed “Canelo” (meaning cinnamon in Spanish) due to his Red hair. One of those people giving Alvarez a shot is legendary champion and common opponent to both men “Sugar” Shane Mosley.
In an interview with ESPN’s Bernardo Osuna, Mosley was asked “Does Canelo have the goods to beat Floyd Mayweather?” To which Mosley replied: “Canelo definitely has the goods to beat Floyd Mayweather, he’s young, he’s strong and he has good speed and power."
Mosley then went onto say: “He just has to go out there and beat him, he can’t take it like ‘Floyds smaller than me, I’m just going to be able to walk him down’ he has to really treat this fight like he’s fighting the best fighter in the world, because he really is.”
Both men dominated a somewhat faded Mosley for the majority of their respective bouts with him, although Mosley did manage to do something to Mayweather that had never been done before in a professional Boxing ring. In the second round he genuinely hurt Floyd...
What happened next was more proof of Floyd's greatness as he bit down on his gumshield and managed hold Mosley and stop him landing anymore hard shots until he had his feet back under him. The shot Mosley landed with was a beautifully timed right hand that caught Mayweather flush after just 60 seconds of the round leaving Floyd a full two minutes to survive against one of the best finishers in recent times.
But Mayweather didn’t just survive, by the end of the round he was back on top and he never gave Mosley another chance to land significantly again in the whole fight, dominating throughout and scoring a wide unanimous decision.
Alvarez on the other hand wasn’t particularly hurt at any point of his fight with Mosley, but there was cause for concern when an accidental clash of heads caused a cut above the young Mexicans left eye. Alvarez didn’t panic though and just continued to dominate Mosley and like Mayweather took a wide unanimous decision showing great maturity for such a young fighter.
Mosley is the only common opponent the two men share and if you look at their records Mayweather understandably has more marquee names on his with people like Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez and the late Diego Corrales just to mention a few, whereas Alvarez’s only true marquee name is indeed Mosley but at just 23 years old one would imagine many more will follow.
Floyd is 36 now and if we look at past greats not many have still been unbeaten at that age and very few if any have still been dominating very good opponents the way Mayweather is still doing now. “Canelo” has advantages over Mayweather that we have rarely seen though. The main ones being that he is by far the naturally bigger and stronger man and is probably still getting even stronger. The question is can he impose that size and strength against someone as skilful as Floyd Mayweather?
Another advantage people seem to think Alvarez will have is the age but as I mentioned earlier Floyd isn’t really showing signs of decline and with that in mind his age can only benefit him as he has far more experience at the very top than his Mexican counterpart.
The Bookmakers have Floyd Mayweather as the favourite going into the fight with. I just feel Mayweather’s defensive style and counterpunching brilliance; will prove a little too much for the ever improving Mexican.
Whatever the outcome on the 14th September, one thing I know is that we all want to see a good fight between 2 of the sports best and whichever way it does go I hope there are no excuses and may the best man win.
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