Floyd Mayweather's Work Ethic Narrows the Age Gap with Canelo Alvarez
Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s tireless work ethic all but eliminates Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s age advantage.
Mayweather, 36, has proved he’s capable of remaining fresh and fluid throughout a 12-round bout, which is a huge key to his flawless record. But he doesn’t just lace up the gloves and step into the ring for 12 rounds without putting in the work beforehand. He earns every inch in the gym.
The opposite was recently said about his younger opponent's stamina.
Although sounding like a scorned ex-girlfriend, Austin Trout—Alvarez’s last victim, albeit in a hard-fought contest—told Bleacher Report’s Big Nasty that Canelo’s conditioning “was not very good during [their] fight.”
A 23-year-old should always have a physical advantage over any 36-year-old in athletic competition—anyone other than Mayweather, maybe, who has reached the pinnacle of the sport and embodies his craft in his lifestyle.
Recent reports from live workouts also indicate Canelo tires quickly with any acceleration or power punching, per Eric Johnson of BoxingNews24.com. Johnson’s account also praised Mayweather’s conditioning.
“Most fighters who age well aren’t fighters who rely on speed and reflexes. Many people are counting on that happening sooner rather than later [for Mayweather]. As of now, it looks as if it’ll be a lot later,” he wrote.
Winning and working hard aren't taken for granted by Mayweather. They’re all he knows how to do. When he steps into the ring with Canelo on Sept. 14, each man may hold advantages, but Mayweather’s work ethic and tireless preparation make the age gap between the two fighters irrelevant.
Expect him to prove that yet again by standing toe-to-toe with Alvarez for as many rounds as both can stay upright in Las Vegas this weekend.
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