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The Sweet Science - Mayweather VS Alvarez

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:

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!

Categories: Boxing/MMA

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Reply the immortal scurds
4:25 PM on September 13, 2013 
one thing's for sure: you never want to take on the redheaded kid.
Reply Ferociousjane
9:58 AM on September 14, 2013 
That looks like a cool film. Hard to imagine one of the greatest actors ever (
De Niro) starring with a meathead like Stallone but it looks like it works. That part in the clip where they have been training and are obviously feeling the after effects is like me every freakin' day. Made me laugh!
Reply LastSonOfKrypton
2:16 PM on September 14, 2013 
lol, FJ!

Looks like an entertaining film, Arkin and Hart should provide quite a few laughs too.
Reply Ferociousjane
5:58 PM on September 14, 2013 
Arkin was great in Little MIss Sunshine. Did you see that?
I enjoy your blogs. Thanks for sharing.
Reply LastSonOfKrypton
2:09 AM on September 15, 2013 
It played out like it has 44 times previously, Floyd Mayweather using his surgical jab, lightning speed and genius boxing IQ to make another promising challenger look ordinary.

Props to the kid, he has heart and game, it just isn't enough to matchup to the mastery of Mayweather.

I did fall short in my prediction, Floyd won by majority, not unanimous decision. But that was due to a baffling decision by one judge to deem the bout a draw (114-114), highlighted by the fact the other two judges (including a Canadian :) )had it 117-111 and 116-112 in Floyd's favour, in a fight that Mayweather controlled from beginning to end.

@ Jane - I did see 'Little Miss Sunshine', was a great film, i really enjoyed it. Glad you enjoyed the read, thanks for always taking the time to read and drop me a line on my sporadic submissions.
Reply LastSonOfKrypton
10:52 AM on September 15, 2013 
As noted in Mac's ''Fact Of The Day'', the ever incompetent CJ Ross, the judge who incredulously deemed the fight a draw, also had Timothy Bradley over Manny Pacquiao (115-113) in that controversial (see: ridiculous) decision as well.
Reply LastSonOfKrypton
10:55 AM on September 15, 2013 
A ploy by Vegas or some other shenanigans...? Floyd by unanimous decision had the best odds and most money laid down... a majority decision instead lets the house keep a ton of $$... Sigh, I hate that you have to consider options like that when it comes to boxing, but the judging is SO bad sometimes that you are left searching for rational explanations.

The result stands though, and it was a great fight nonetheless that any observer could see was a clinic by Mayweather.
Reply the immortal scurds
11:49 AM on September 15, 2013 
of course its crooked!
Reply Mac D
2:23 PM on September 15, 2013 
Thought you would "like" that fact
Reply LastSonOfKrypton
10:23 AM on September 17, 2013

Link to story where the judge in question and the NSAC Exec rationalized the poor decision...
Reply LastSonOfKrypton
11:33 AM on September 18, 2013 
The fallout continues...

Judge CJ Ross has stepped down and taking an indefinite break from judging fights.

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