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How Canelo can beat Floyd Mayweather

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Saul Alvarez  (©GettyImages)
Saul Alvarez (©GettyImages).

Saul Alvarez will face the biggest test of his young career when he faces Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden this Saturday.

The Mexican, who many believe to be the greatest threat to Mayweather's unbeaten record, will have his work cut out, but if he is to be successful against the pound for pound king, he will need to utilize his main strengths.

Below our ways he can get the better of Mayweather.

Canelo will need to stay patient, he has 30 knockouts to his name so he isn't used to fighting the full 12 rounds. Despite this, two of his more impressive wins over Austin Trout and Shane Mosley came this way, but with his punching power being one of his main weapons, there is a chance he will rock Mayweather.

Mosley came the closest to knocking out Money May back in 2010, when he caught him with two big shots, but Mosley reacted by getting burned out after throwing everything into that onslaught and Mayweather recovered for the win.

So, Canelo will need to make sure he doesn't throw too many punches too early.

Alvarez is one of the quickest welterweights around, but when you're against Mayweather, you suddenly become a slouch. His main advantage will be his size, but Mosley who has faced both Mayweather and Alvarez believes he is a lot quicker than people give him credit for.

He said: "Canelo is fast, and his speed is similar to Mayweather's. He’ll need that quickness against someone who connects with such a high percentage of his punches." 

Alvarez is one of the most accurate punches around, so he needs to make sure he gets in range and landing his favourite shots, its sounds simple, but when you're in there with the best you tend to over-complicate things.

So, Alvarez's team will have stressed to him to make sure he doesn't get caught up in the emotion.

Canelo will need to make sure he does not get frustrated in the ring on Saturday, Mayweather's defence is one of the greatest of all time, and time and time again, he sucks his opponent in and in the latter rounds he lands at ease and dominates.

Alvarez will need to be fit and ready if the fight goes to the death and make sure Mayweather doesn't pick up all the last few rounds and win on a comfortable judges decision.

Many people have tried, and many have failed to stop Mayweather, but people believe Alvarez has the tools to do so. With tickets and Pay-Per-View sales going through the roof, this fight has the potential to crown a new face of boxing in the form of Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

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