On September 14, 2013 the fight of the year is going to be going down. Floyd “Money” Mayweather, in his goal to fight six times in an incredible 30 months, is going to put his undefeated record up against who some consider the second best fighter in their class, a young Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán aka Canelo Alvarez. With tickets ranging anywhere from $650 all the way up to $23,000, Las Vegas will be buzzing Mexican Independence Day Weekend with fight fans and high rollers, all wanting to see what will for sure be a fight for the ages.
Mayweather will be fighting Alvarez only 5 months after defeating Robert Guerrero, which is a little unheard of for fighters his age. The 36 year old legend will be taking on a 22 year old phenom (who will be 23 at the time of the fight) who dismantled Austin Trout in his last fight April 20th, handing Trout his first loss. Alvarez has fought an astounding 43 times already in his career with a record of 42 wins, 0 loses and 1 Draw. Canelo’s draw came against Jorge Juarez back in June of 2006, in what was only his 5th professional fight of his career. Though Alvarez has plenty of bouts under his belt, this will be only the fourth time in his career that he will be fighting in the city that Mayweather is based out of, and 10th time fighting in the United States.
Floyd has a reputation with boxing fans that don’t respect him, as always trying to “duck” the big fight from a formidable opponent. When he chose Canelo as his next opponent, he made sure to mention that when he picked Alvarez to be his next fight, that he was “giving boxing fans what they want”. The flawless 44-0 career fighter is making sure that he doesn’t leave any questions on the table when he retires after these next five fights. Mayweather wants to come out undefeated as the greatest boxer of all time. I personally credit him for fighting a powerful young fighter like Alvarez sooner than later. One reason Floyd might be taking on Alvarez so soon could be that if his record does take a blemish, he’ll have a chance for a re-match before he hangs up the gloves. One thing is for sure, the Floyd haters that’ll watch this epic fight will be saying the same things about the defense oriented boxer as they do every other fight. That he’ll be running and hugging Canelo way too much.
In my opinion, I feel Floyd will come out on top once again by defensively winning the fight. If anyone can neutralize the power of Canelo Alvarez, its definitely “Money” Mayweather. The problem Floyd will be facing in Canelo, is that he does not tire out as easily as others and does not lose his “game”. Both fighters seem to get stronger as their fights go on, so it will be interesting to see how Mayweather handles this tactically as he prefers to wear down an opponent and then become more offensive. This definitely has the chance to be the biggest Pay-Per-View event in history for sure!
Article by: Chad Woodroof