Floyd Mayweather Must Negotiate Deal with Saul Alvarez to Avoid Boring Fans

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IMay 6, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 04:  (L-R) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a right to the face of Robert Guerrero in their WBC welterweight title bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Floyd Mayweather is so great he makes good boxers look mediocre, but Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is one fighter who could give him a run for his money. 

Watching Mayweather pick The Ghost apart was fun for a while, but by the time the championship rounds came calling, the fight was downright boring. 

Robert Guerrero isn't some chump off the street. The man had only lost one fight before he stepped into the ring with Mayweather last Saturday night and had pulverized Andre Berto in his previous fight, yet he looked like an amateur compared to Money May.

Boxing aficionados appreciate what Mayweather does, and they should. Nobody on the planet right now embodies the sweet science of the game more than Money.

That said, many fans took to Twitter during and after his fight with Guerrero to voice their displeasure at how utterly predictable and boring the fight was, and Grantland's Jay Caspian Kang wrote a brilliant column detailing this truth, per Grantland:

Yes, Mayweather is a brilliant boxer—probably the best fighter at any weight class in his generation.

But the level of competition available to him is underwhelming, to say the least. If you don't track with this, maybe Mayweather's father can convince you otherwise, via Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports:

"Let me tell you this right here about the boxing game," Mayweather's father, Floyd Sr., said. "There were much better fighters when Sugar Ray Robinson was coming along. There were much better fighters when Joe Louis was coming along. But that's not my son's fault. My son beat who's here today, and if they can't protect themselves, oh well."

Mayweather dominates most fighters, and that's exactly what we can expect from his fights from here on out unless he signs a contract with a fighter who is legitimate threat to his unbeaten record.

Enter Alvarez.

This young man, at the age of 22, has already compiled a record comparable to Mayweather's own—an undefeated record of 42-0-1. He possesses stunning power, as his 31 career knockouts indicate, and his defense is progressing nicely.

He's recently defeated Shane Mosley and Austin Trout in impressive fashion, and he deserves a shot against the best boxer in the world. 

Like Miguel Cotto, Alvarez is a junior middleweight, and in order for Mayweather to fight him he'd need to move up to that weight class. 

Considering the lack of worthy fighters available in the welterweight division, however, this is a move Mayweather must make to keep his fans hyped about spending $60-$70 to watch the fight on pay-per-view.

Otherwise, fans will quickly grow tired of watching Mayweather abuse opponent after opponent with his otherworldly defense and precise strikes.

If they aren't tired of it already, that is.


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