Mayweather vs Canelo: Keys for Huge Fight to Meet the Towering Hype

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24:  Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez face-off during a news conference at the Pedestrian Walk in Times Square on June 24, 2013 in New York City. Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez are scheduled to fight September 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada to unifty their junior middleweight world titles.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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You might not have heard yet, but there's this big fight taking place on Saturday night.

Floyd "Money" Mayweather will face Saul "Canelo" Alvarez as the primary attraction for Showtime's pay-per-view entitled "The One." 

To say people care about this fight is about as big of an understatement as claiming Breaking Bad is a decent show and pizza tastes OK. Forbes' Kurt Badenhausen laid out the shocking financial projections for this fight. The short version of it: Mayweather is going to be filthy rich.

He's not the only one cashing in on the hoopla. Badenhausen also reported that the fight is expected to generate $132 million in revenue from 2.5 million PPV sales.

Why all the excitement? Neither fighter has suffered a loss in a combined 87 fights, so the eventual Batman-Superman showdown has nothing on this bout.

That sets the bar so high that you'd need to fly in one of the many jets Mayweather can purchase in order to see it. Let's hope the two stars can live up to the hype.

How can these fighters send the thousands in attendance, plus the millions watching around the world, home happy? I'm glad you ask. These two factors can help orchestrate must-see television.


Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV.

When: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013

TV: Showtime PPV


Power Punches from the Power Punchers

Everyone is paying to see these men hit each other hard, so it's a good thing that these fighters are the best at inflicting painful blows.

Mayweather is the greatest defender of our generation, but that should not overshadow his tenacity on the offensive. According to CompuBox, Mayweather has connected on 48 percent of his power punches. That ranks him second among all boxers.

First? Alvarez, who is at a shiny 52 percent.

These two titans are both accurate and deadly with their punches, which should provide for an action-packed display. Mayweather will try to dictate the pace to his own liking, but Alvarez won't let his older opponent stymie his swarming style of attack. 

Both men must come out swinging with everything in their might to make sure "The One" is not just another one.


Don't Leave Us Too Soon

On the other hand, don't punch too hard. It would be a shame to see a second-round knockout cut the match short.

Fans want a closely-contested match that goes down to the wire. Close enough not to check out in Round 8, but also not ambiguous enough that the judges may screw it up.

A match like this deserves 12 intense rounds with some give and take between both parties. Mayweather's sterling defense will frustrate Alvarez for stretches, but Canelo can even the score by pushing him to the ropes with a ferocious attack.

Alvarez has the power advantage while Mayweather sports the speed and agility. The two should play off each other perfectly to compose some boxing poetry in the ring, so nobody should want to sacrifice minutes of entertainment for one impressive punch.

If there's going to be a knockout, save it for one of the final rounds, offering a bang for the viewers' bucks, while also providing a satisfying finish that doesn't hinge on a few onlookers sitting ringside.