Floyd vs. Canelo: The Perfect Storm
The boxing world awaits the return of pound-for-pound King Floyd Mayweather Jr. on September 14th when he will lace up to face the undefeated Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a fight Stephen Espinoza called “the perfect storm.”
It’s well to say the fight will be easy work for Floyd, who sports a 44-0 record. But astute boxing fans can sense when a champion is past the pinnacle. Mayweather’s been getting hit more and more often than in the Gatti days. He was nearly dropped by Sugar Shane Mosley.
This isn’t to say Alvarez will do to Mayweather what Antonio Tarver did to Roy Jones Jr. or Marco Antonio Barrera to Prince Naseem Hamed. Mayweather is the highest paid athlete in the world for a reason. He’s a technically brilliant boxer.
But Alvarez does share in the well-rounded style of a Tarver or Barrera. He is a thinking fighter who adapts like Floyd and comes on stronger with each round. He has youth in his favor, the momentum of an undefeated record and a naturally bigger frame.
Mayweather’s corner will probably advise him to use his ring savvy and speed, minimize exchanges and hit Alvarez before he sets. That’s classic Floyd. I wouldn’t bet on a knockout.
Alvarez’s corner will likely tell him to work the jab moving forward in a stalking fashion to provoke Floyd into punching and then to time some power combinations as Floyd breaks in. This was how Tarver knocked out Roy Jones Jr. in their second fight.
Floyd is finally giving the boxing fans what they want: two nations, two undefeated records and a classic match between a boxer and a fighter for one throne at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The timing for a perfect storm couldn’t be better.