Mayweather vs. Canelo: Win over Saul Alvarez Will Silence Money's Critics
With a perfect 44-0 record and world championships across five different weight classes, Floyd Mayweather is arguably one of the greatest boxers of all time. Despite that, he has his fair share of detractors, but a win over Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Sept. 14 will silence his critics once and for all.
While few boxers have as many fans as Mayweather, he is often criticized for facing easy opponents. The term "easy" is relative, though, as he has defeated the likes of Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya and many others over the course of his career.
Alvarez is just 23 years of age, but the Mexican star already has 43 fights under his belt with a record of 42-0-1. Despite that, Alvarez's resume is far from impressive. Aside from his most recent victory over Austin Trout and a win over an old Mosley, he hasn't really fought anyone.
Who will win this fight?
Mayweather could have taken his huge Showtime payday and took it easy against inferior opponents, but accepting a fight against Alvarez proves that he wants show that his undefeated record isn't a farce.
De La Hoya is Alvarez's promoter, and he hasn't been shy about voicing his opinion regarding the fight. De La Hoya lost to Mayweather in the past, but he fully expects Alvarez to knock Mayweather out, according to Rafael. Mayweather shot down that notion quite quickly, though.
"Oscar said he was gonna knock me out also. Did you see what happened in that fight? People are entitled to their opinion,” Mayweather said. “People are going to say what they're going to say. My job is to be the best I can be and continue to do my job. There's a reason I do record-breaking numbers.”
Alvarez's camp has done quite a bit of talking already, but Mayweather has never been one to shy away from verbal sparring. He also happens to have the perfect record necessary to back up his talk. Nobody has been able to shut him up yet, and it's hard to imagine Alvarez being the one to do it.
He has faced plenty of powerful fighters before, but the story has always ended the same way. Even though Mayweather is 13 years Alvarez's senior at 36, he has the edge when it comes to quickness and defensive acumen. Even though Mayweather would probably like to knock out Alvarez to cap an emphatic victory, simply winning at all would affirm his distinction as the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing.
This fantastic painting by Richard T. Slone courtesy of BoxingInsider.com shows Mayweather getting the upper hand on Alvarez, which is likely a prelude to what will happen in the actual fight.
Perhaps he isn't the most exciting fighter in the world, and maybe he isn't the best person either, but when he steps inside the ring, he is unquestionably the best in the world. Mayweather will prove that once again on Sept. 14, and his detractors will be left looking for answers.
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