Mayweather vs. Canelo Fight Time: Last-Minute Details for Huge Bout
Months of waiting will finally subside when Floyd Mayweather and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez face off on Saturday night.
The streets will be eerily quiet with millions of onlookers purchasing the big fight between Mayweather and Alvarez. Boxing's biggest commodity, Mayweather will attempt to expand his spotless record to 45-0 while Alvarez looks to make the legend his 31st knockout victim.
As Mayweather reminded more than 4 million of his Twitter followers, the day has almost arrived.
September 14, 2013— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) September 12, 2013
Since he didn't offer many other specifics, here's a full look at the information you need leading up to the big fight, along with what to watch once the bell rings.
When: Saturday, Sept. 14 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV
Watch: Pay-per-view on Showtime
Can Alvarez Circumvent Mayweather's Defense?
Many boxers pride themselves on ugly wounds they suffered in action, but Mayweather knows he will stay marketable with his face intact.
The 36-year-old has stayed on top of his game so long by avoiding beatings inflicted on less careful competitors. Alvarez has gotten this far on the strength of his power offense, so something has to give this weekend.
According to CompuBox, Mayweather's opponents only land 17 percent of their punches. Alvarez, meanwhile, rates with a 42 percent connection percentage on his power punches and jabs.
A 12-round duel will not end well for Alvarez, who has notched 12 of his 42 victories via decision. Of course, knocking out your opponents is good, but the 23-year-old has never gone head-to-head with a foe of Mayweather's caliber.
Not only has nobody has knocked out Mayweather through 44 matches, but "Money" has only officially been sent to the mat once. Can Alvarez land that one deadly blow to cement his status as a superstar?
Is Age Just a Number?
Alvarez was 16 years old when Mayweather fought his first professional bout.
The two men are separated by 13 years, which one could argue helps and hampers each competitor. Will the wily veteran ride his savvy to victory, or will the young gun wear down the older man?
Who will win the big match?
Despite his lofty 32-0-1 record, Alvarez has yet to garner a major victory that forces the world to take notice. While always lampooned for never fighting Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather has defeated Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya.
Mayweather definitely receives the upper hand in the experience department, but as any young job-seeker would angrily argue, the only way to gain experience is to get a shot at actually experiencing something. Alvarez has never shriveled under the spotlight or failed against a big star either.
Mayweather has shown no signs of aging in the past, most recently topping Robert Guerrero in May. His success rests on his agility and ability to avoid punches, so Alvarez better hope that his opponent deteriorates before our eyes.
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