Mayweather vs. Canelo 2013: Latest Buzz on Why Money Will Move to 45-0

Ryan DavenportContributor ISeptember 14, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 13:  Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) offers Canelo Alvarez his championship belt during the official weigh-in for their bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 13, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fighters will meet in a WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight on September 14 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Tonight, two of the world's most feared fighters will face off in Las Vegas, as Floyd Mayweather will take on Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in arguably the year's most highly anticipated bout. 

That's because El Canelo figures to present Mayweather with one of his toughest challenges to date, as the 23-year-old Mexican enters the fight undefeated at 42-0-1. 

But Money has earned the distinction of being the sport's most dominant figure for a reason, and that's why unless something extremely unexpected takes place, he'll leave the MGM Grand with his unblemished record intact. 

Heading into tonight's bout, here's a look at the latest buzz on why Mayweather will emerge victorious for the second time in 2013. 

Money's superior precision and skill will give Alvarez problems

It should be noted that one of Canelo's greatest advantages over Mayweather is undoubtedly his strength and power, but as the legendary Mike Tyson pointed out earlier, Money's more than capable of getting to the orthodox challenger with his confident and precise approach. 

I've only seen Canelo fight twice -- against [Joselito] Lopez and [Austin] Trout. Trout gave him some trouble and he isn't as experienced and as technically skilled as Floyd is. Floyd stays in tip-top shape and is a very relaxed fighter. He is at his peak.

Though it hasn't always been the case, Mayweather's certainly been less powerful than some of his past opponents, but nonetheless, the 36-year-old has managed to weather each and every storm thrown his way, and that won't change against Canelo. 

He doesn't need to throw countless punches with the hope of landing a knockout blow because he's accurate and patient enough to cash in whenever an opportunity presents itself. That's a big reason why he'll be able to handle Alvarez. 



Money's experience speaks for itself

As we saw when he took on Robert Guerrero, Money doesn't need to furiously pound his opponents in order to get the decision, as his track record gives him more than enough confidence to avoid getting desperate even when things look bleak. 

In Alvarez, Mayweather will face a promising young contender who appears to have a very bright future ahead of him, but who quite simply can't match Money mentally. Until the aging champion's body breaks down on him (which doesn't seem likely, at least for the time being), his intellect alone will help him to wins. 

Many, such as ESPN's Claudia Trejos feel that his composure and experience will be a deciding factor, regardless of how bad of a battering Money takes early on. 

Mayweather will use his ring generalship, experience and home advantage to take the win, but Canelo will use his power to make those 12 rounds feel like an eternity.

It may not be pretty, but Mayweather will secure victory No. 45. 


Defense will win out 

One of Mayweather's most obvious strengths against any fighter on the planet is his virtually impenetrable defense, and much of that stems from his in-ring intelligence. 

By adapting his mentality to cater to his opponents' most dangerous attributes, Mayweather ultimately coaxes his challengers into tiring themselves out, and eventually, that creates opportunities for Money to capitalize. 

As CBS Sports' Lyle Fitzsimmons stated in his pre-fight prediction, Money's mental advantage over Canelo is too significant to overlook. 

The five-division champion has handled a vast array of fighters who were hyped going in as the ones who'd finally be able to rough him up and crack his sublime defensive code. He'll beat Alvarez by using that same unique ability to evade shots and deliver quick precise counters that ultimately dissuade such outright youthful aggression.

In the end, Mayweather will claim victory by outsmarting and outlasting Canelo, no matter how hard or how many punches his much younger challenger throws.