Mayweather vs. Canelo: Showdown Will Live Up to Considerable Hype
A lot of hype surrounds Saturday's fight between Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, and the showdown will live up to the high expectations.
Although Mayweather will be expected to continue his incredible run, everyone is wondering how Alvarez will fare against his toughest competitor to date.
The records entering this bout are similar. Money enters with a perfect 44-0 record, and Canelo sits at 42-0-1. His lone draw came against Jorge Juarez back in June of 2006 in his fifth fight.
Both boxers are fighting at a high level, so this figures to be a great clash.
Alvarez has not been fighting for nearly as long as his opponent. The 23-year-old made his debut in 2005 and has made a name for himself ever since. He has taken down opponents such as Austin Trout and Shane Mosley.
When the two square off, it will be a matchup of different styles. Mayweather has built his legacy by being a great defensive fighter and is as quick as it gets. Canelo uses power to overmatch his competition. He has 30 knockouts in his 43 matches, and he will try to get one in this bout.
Money can outlast any fighter, so the contrast in styles will be the big storyline.
Canelo will have a difficult time knocking Mayweather out, but it is the only way that he will be able to come out on top. He won't be able to win if the fight goes the distance, so watch for a flurry of punches in the middle rounds.
Alvarez's power gives him a chance in this one, but it could be neutralized by Money's quickness. He has used great footwork throughout his career, which allows him to avoid punches and counter with quick jabs of his own.
Fans wants to know if a younger boxer can knock off the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Mayweather's biggest fights have been against older fighters like De La Hoya, Mosley and Juan Manuel Marquez, so Alvarez's youth will change things up and might even give him an advantage.
Will this showdown live up to the hype?
The first few rounds will be all about each fighter establishing himself and getting into a rhythm. Once the bout reaches the middle rounds, the intensity will pick up as Canelo goes for the big blow. Everyone will be watching to see if he can land his powerful punches against an extremely quick opponent.
This showdown will live up to all of the hype surrounding it, and Mayweather will have another chance to show the world that he can take on any challenger.
*All stats are courtesy of BoxRec.com.
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