Analytically massaging the statistics is a huge part of being a sports fan. But in boxing, previous numbers can sometimes have little relevancy to the fight at hand. This is particularly the case with fighters like Saul Alvarez and Floyd Mayweather, who represent unique challenges for each other.
What Alvarez has done against other fighters means relatively little, since nobody he's previously fought has been close to Mayweather in talent and experience. Mayweather has faced fighters with similar skills to Alvarez, but never one so much bigger and younger.
This is professional boxing, though, so ultimately the most important statistic to many involved with this gala will be the pay-per-view buys. The fight could set records, in this regard.
As far as the action in the ring is concerned, the following five stats will play a huge part in telling the story of this fight, and they will drive the conversation leading up to the big event.