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.
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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