The world will be transfixed on the MGM Grand Saturday night as "The One" takes place, with a showdown between Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez as the main event and possibly the fight of the decade.
Mayweather, who has yet to be defeated, utilizes an uncanny defensive style that contrasts perfectly with the high-octane offensive attack Canelo uses to brutalize the opposition.
Only one man will emerge the victor. For Mayweather, Saturday is a chance to further solidify his legendary status. For Alvarez, it's a chance to make history and jump-start a path to superstardom.
Here are the last-minute details worth knowing.
|Saturday, Sept. 14 at 9 p.m. ET||MGM Grand in Las Vegas||Showtime PPV|
Tale of the Tape
|Canelo Alvarez||Categories||Floyd Mayweather Jr.|
|42-0-1 (30 KO)||Record||44-0 (26 KO)|
|Guadalajara, Mexico||Birthplace||Grand Rapids, Mich.|
The Scoop on Alvarez
At the age of 23, Alvarez is already Mexico's biggest superstar in the sport after running up a 42-0-1 record courtesy of Mexico's lenient age-restriction laws.
Alvarez utilizes a brutal style that has allowed him to land over 50 percent of his power punches on the way to recording 30 knockouts. Not known for his stamina, Canelo enjoys ending fights quickly.
A major hurdle on Saturday, outside of overcoming a spectacle that is a Money Mayweather fight, is adjusting properly to a catchweight of 152 pounds.
Canelo is accustomed to fighting at 154 or higher and is one of the best in the business at adding weight after the final weigh-in, averaging a 13-pound gain, per ESPN's Andrew R. Davis. The problem is, Alvarez has never had to drop this much and turn around and gain it back against such a fast opponent.
Mexico's star has an uphill battle to climb, but he packs enough wallop in one punch to end the fight quickly.
The Scoop on Mayweather
The task ahead for Mayweather is not as daunting as the one Alvarez faces.
First of all, Money Mayweather is staying true to his nickname, earning $41.5 million just for showing up to the fight.
The catchweight? Yeah, that was Mayweather and Co.'s idea. Mayweather had to gain a few pounds to qualify for the bout, but it's a far cry from what Alvarez had to do. As Mayweather's camp said, the team took advantage of the situation—an advantage Money has more than earned as one of the best of all time.
Mayweather's last fight came back in May against Robert Guerrero. It was classic Mayweather—hang around for a few rounds while figuring out the timing and absolutely dominate in the later rounds with proper adjustments made while landing counters effortlessly.
The same strategy will be employed against Canelo. It's the first time Mayweather has fought two bouts in the same calendar year since 2007, but that doesn't make the approach any less effective. In fact, it may make Money sharper.
Canelo represents one of the stiffest adversaries Mayweather has encountered in quite some time, but if anyone has the ideal approach to take down the powerful youngster, it's the legendary Money Mayweather.
Another year, another hyped youngster proclaimed as the one to finally down Mayweather. Unless Money wakes up on Saturday feeling every bit of 36 years old, which has yet to happen, things won't go well for Canelo.
On paper, Alvarez looks like the favorite. He's younger, much heavier and more powerful. But unless he's the one who has finally deciphered Mayweather's complex defensive code, Alvarez is going to look as every bit inexperienced as he truly is when matched up against quality such as Mayweather, the likes of which he has never encountered.
Mayweather knocks out Alvarez in the 10th.
Note: All statistics are courtesy of CompuBox.
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