Floyd Mayweather is looking to cushion his throne atop of the boxing world, which naturally means that most of his critics would enjoy watching him fall from his perch.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Mayweather will generate the same result as his first 44 bouts when he defeats Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
As Mayweather looks to enhance his 44-0 record, he'll receive a worthy challenger in Alvarez, who sports a 42-0-1 record heading into the highly anticipated bout. After defeating Austin Trout, the 23-year-old Alvarez is entering the fight on a high note.
Alvarez represents the young, hungry competitor looking to knock out Mayweather once and for all. For Alvarez to slay "money," he will have to attack aggressively and hope a potent hook lands.
What a story his victory would make. The forceful young gun unraveling the established star, who certainly does not lack self-confidence, is a story made for a movie in that it's essentially the plot to Rocky.
A victory for Alvarez suits the underdog narrative quite well. On one hand, the favorite is counting his cash and essentially writing off any chance of his opponent winning. Nothing would be sweeter than seeing Mayweather fail to get up off the canvas as the official counts to 10.
Unfortunately, Mayweather is probably right. He's cocky and self-assured to a fault at times, but it's understandable coming from a guy who has never lost.
Prognosticators predict his fights incorrectly a lot considering their consistent outcomes. Victor Ortiz gained steam in 2011 leading up to his match with Mayweather, but he lost via a fourth-round knockout. A year later, Robert Guerrero became the next opponent everyone had hoped would emerge victorious, but Mayweather instead outclassed him in 12 rounds.
Floyd Mayweather Sr., the boxer's father and trainer, sounded convinced that victory is a mere formality in an interview with MLive.com's David Mayo:
Who will win the fight on Sept.14?
If there ain't no fear, there ain't no fear," Mayweather Sr. said. "I can't make it be no fear. There might be some fear if something happens — if he hits Floyd and Floyd gets to staggering or something, it might give me a little fear. But right now, it's nothing.
That boldness, which is also exuded by his son, usually rubs onlookers the wrong way. It probably should, but his other comments highlighted the reason behind his confidence. Mayweather is more experienced and the better pound-for-pound fighter who will wear out his overzealous adversary.
Like it or not, Mayweather is the best for a reason. Not even his own ego can stop him from winning again.