Mayweather vs. Canelo Fight Time: What to Know Leading Up to Bout

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Mayweather vs. Canelo Fight Time: What to Know Leading Up to Bout
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The wait is finally over as the boxing world turns its attention to Saturday's huge showdown between Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

It's the day that everyone has been waiting for. The best pound-for-pound fighter in the world gets back in the ring to take on a young challenger. 

Twitter has been buzzing as the fight approaches, and Mayweather has been active as well.

Money has retweeted many celebrities who have tweeted their support, so this fight has the attention of the entire world.

Here are the specifics, along with storylines, that fans need to know entering the showdown.

 

When: Saturday, Sept. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV

Watch: Pay-per-view on Showtime

 

Tale of the Tape, courtesy of ESPN.com

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Age: 36

Height: 5'8"

Weight: 150.5 pounds

 

Saul Alvarez

Age: 23

Height: 5'9"

Weight: 152 pounds

 

Storylines

Unbeaten records on the line

Both fighters enter the fight without a loss. Mayweather's 44-0 record has yet to be dinged, while Alvarez's mark of 42-0-1 is nearly as impressive. Canelo has won every fight since July of 2006.

Money has taken down the likes of Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya, and both victories have come in Las Vegas. 

Although Canelo has yet to lose a fight, this will easily be his toughest test to date. He has beaten Shane Mosley and Austin Trout, but Mayweather is far better than those two.

Mayweather is looking to keep his record perfect, and Alvarez is looking for a marquee victory. A win in this fight would launch Alvarez's career to the next level.

 

Defense vs. Power

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There's no debating on how Mayweather has been so successful. He uses great footwork to put himself in the perfect position to play defense and still make a strong counter. 

Mayweather is one of the quickest fighters, and he moves around so much that it's difficult for his opponents to touch him. He doesn't have to take many hits, so he is able to outlast his opponents.

In the other corner, Alvarez is all about power. He has 30 knockouts in his career and would love nothing more than to end this fight early.

Four of his last six fights have ended via the knockout, and that will be the only way that he can come out on top in this match. Canelo's stamina will be put to the test if the fight goes at least 10 rounds, and that's when Money is able to take advantage of his opponents.

The contrast in styles is what makes this fight so intriguing. Mayweather is tough to hit, but Alvarez has the power to make him pay if he is able to land a few punches.

 

Youth challenges experience

Canelo is much younger than his opponent, and he made his debut nine years after Mayweather made his.

The 23-year-old will be the youngest opponent Mayweather has fought in years. His youth should give him an advantage as his body hasn't been through as much. However, his youth could work against him as he hasn't had many fights in the spotlight. He has fought in Vegas twice, but this fight will have more pressure than any previous match.

Age is apparently just a number for Mayweather. The 36-year-old is getting up there in age, but he just continues to keep winning. Each of his last seven fights have come in Vegas, and he has risen to the occasion.

Alvarez is a young and powerful fighter, but he faces a guy who is much more experienced.

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