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Floyd Mayweather Jr. Set To Fight Saul Canelo Alvarez on September 14, 2013 at MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas

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The long-awaited fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul Canelo Alvarez will take place on September 14, 2013 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. This fight happens during the weekend of Mexico’s Independence Day.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.The bout will be contested at a 152 lb. catchweight. This weight is above the welterweight limit of 147 lbs. As such, Mayweather’s WBC and Ring magazine welterweight championship will not be on the line. In addition, the 152 lb. catchweight is thought to be a concession to Mayweather in order to secure the highly sought fight.

Mayweather’s boxing record over 17 years is 44(26)-0-0, whereas, Alvarez holds a 42(30)-0-1 record over eight years of boxing. Both fighters have an orthodox boxing stance. Alvarez is 14 years younger, an inch taller with a one inch shorter reach. He holds a 70% KO percentage to Mayweather’s 60% KO percentage. Alvarez has been described as the bigger man.

Mayweather Jr. outpointed Miguel Cotto in their May 2012 fight while scoring a much more lop-sided decision against Bob Guerrero in their most recent fight. Alvarez beat Austin Trout in a competitive fight.

The veteran Mayweather has outpointed opponents more recently. His strength is ringmanship, especially with fighting on the ropes. Alvarez is more of a knockout artist who tracks down his opponents, strikes with great precision and moves away with great speed in order to thwart effective counter-punching. In some ways, Alvarez fights just like Jayson Velez, a featherweight from Cagas, Puerto Rico with a 20-0 record. Velez, like Alvarez, tracks down his opponents, delivers punches with lightning speed and slides away stealthily with an artful use of the ropes.

At 23 years old, Alvarez is closer to his peak as an athlete.  Mayweather is a decade or so beyond his prime fighting years. Although Mayweather has more experience, he must train harder proportionately than 13 years ago. Clearly, Mayweather represents the past and the present; whereas, Alvarez represents the future of boxing.

To win this bout, Alvarez must train like an elite athlete with more running, sprints, sparring, general conditioning and a spartan diet. At age 36, Mayweather must match this training regimen with the albatross of 13 years of additional age. Clearly, the stakes are high for both fighters. Alvarez has youth on his side, while Mayweather has a slight edge in experience.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.