|Posted by LastSonOfKrypton on September 13, 2013 at 11:15 AM|
Manny who? OK, maybe not, but this fight ALMOST makes up for Pacqiao/Mayweather never stepping in the ring together... should be almost as good. It is astonishing that Saul 'Canelo ' Alvarez is only 22 and already at 42-0-1... especially when you hold it to 36 year old Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s sparkling 44-0-0.
(Though, if Money Mayweather can beat Canelo (and he can, though this should be his toughest test in a long time, and Alvarez has as good a chance as anyone to end Mayweathers unbeaten run), and Manny Pacqiao can triumph over Brandon Rios (Nov. 23) then we might still get to see them square off sometime... albeit about 3-5 years too late...)
But enough looking ahead, cause this fight is deserved of fight fans full attention!
Speaking of full attention, I believe the Canelo has gained Money Mayweather's... I watched all of the episodes of 'All Access: Mayweather - Canelo ' (basically Showtime's version of '24/7') and Floyd is actually showing quite a healthy respect for Alvarez, surprisingly enough. He has had Canelo on several of his undercards in the past, and while he is trash talking like always, I do think he has kept his eye on the rising superstar and is taking him seriously.
He better be, cause Canelo is the real deal, and this bout is hard to pick. Alvarez is 22 years old, bigger, stronger, coming off an impressive TKO of fellow rising star and previously unbeaten Austin Trout and is already a boxing superstar; he is going to hard to beat for the older Floyd. It will be interesting to see how Mayweather reacts if/when Canelo starts to land some shots.
That said, I thought Hatton, Marquez, Mosley and the rest all had a good shot and game plan for Mayweather and he disposed of them just as easily...
Many hate Floyd Mayweather, and I admit his persona makes it easy. I do feel that he plays the 'heel' to full effect and is a great promoter along the lines of Ali, much to his PPV #'s benefit but trades that off for a loss of respect in some corners. I used to be among those who despised Floyd, but his pure grace, efficiency and mastery of the pugilistic art has gained him a fan and begrudging respect from me, and I have found myself rooting for him to maintain his undefeated record (never even been knocked down before!). I can sympathize with those that would like to see him get his big mouth shut once and for all, but I actually feel he is increduously a bit of an underdog going into this fight against the younger, tougher fighter with a wave of momentum behind him, so it makes it easier to root for the vet.
My prediction? FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. wins by a unanimous decision, outpointing the young Mexican stud after weathering (no pun intended) a surely early and relentless assault. Time catches up to all fighters, but I have seen this show before, and despite many claims to the contrary, there is still no blueprint to beat Mayweather Jr. He is a puzzle of defensive mastery that no one has been able to unlock for 17 years and 44 undefeated fights, and I believe that will continue on Saturday night.
News & Notes:
- Former WBO Heavyweight Champion and 'Rocky V ' star Tommy Morrisson passed away on Sept. 1. The cause of death was not released, but the boxer had tested positive for HIV, a claim that he and his family disputed for several years. Morrison is best known for portraying 'Tommy Gunn ' in the Sylvester Stallone vehicle, as well as defeating the legendary George Foreman to win the WBO title.
- Former 6 weight class champion and Golden Boy Promotions head Oscar De La Hoya has checked himself into rehab, as he continues to battle drug and alchohol addiction. The move will force him to miss his company's biggest fight of the year (he represents Canelo Alvarez).
- Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3) and challenger Alexander Povetkin (26-0) have finally finalized their long awaited bout. The fight that is 3 years in the making will take place in Moscow on October 5.
- 'Money' indeed! Floyd Mayweather Jr. will take home a stunning $41.5 million dollars for his bout with Canelo Alvarez.
- Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer has predicted that Mayweather/Alvarez will be a record breaking fight, anticipating an incredible 2 Million PPV buys and bring in almost $200 Million in terms of cash. The current record for PPV is held by none other than Floyd Mayweather Jr. / Oscar De La Hoya for their May 2007 bout that hauled in $130 Million.
- A new trailer is out for the comedy 'Grudge Match ', starring actors Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro. Both have famously portrayed boxers in legendary movies before, with the former portraying 'Rocky Balboa' in the Rocky series and the latter playing 'Jake Lamotta' in the classic 'Raging Bull '. While this film will feature them cast in original roles as rival boxers who fought twice in the past to a 1-1 record before retiring and coming back to settle the score with one last (way past their prime) bout, it will surely feature many call backs and nods to their iconic performances.
Check out the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bQSOBJCPQE
Thats it for this edition of 'The Sweet Science', fight fans! Enjoy the bouts and remember to keep your hands up and protect yourselves at all times!