Floyd Mayweather Fight: How Money Can Avoid a Rematch with Canelo Alvarez

Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 14, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 13:  CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe (L) and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer (3rd L) look on as boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. (2nd L) and Canelo Alvarez (R) pose 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 Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Even if Floyd Mayweather beats Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Saturday, Sept. 14, he may have to face the Mexican-born superstar in a rematch—however, there is a way he can avoid that.

Canelo is by far the toughest opponent Mayweather could have faced in the sport today. Alvarez is coming off a win against Austin Trout back in April and is getting respect as an elite fighter, while Mayweather topped Robert Guerrero back in May to get to this point.

There is a great deal of expectations on Mayweather in this fight, and that's understandable. Mayweather has never lost, and recently he hasn't faced many challenges to his undefeated record. Alvarez presents a tough, younger challenge for the 36-year-old to take on.

Should the raw and inexperienced 23-year-old step into the ring and get creamed by the champion, Mayweather can avoid having to repeat their bout down the road. That kind of dominant win can come in a few ways for Money.

Mayweather could find himself in a position to knock Alvarez out and actually do so at some point in the fight. Now, it would be more helpful to Alvarez's case for a rematch if the knockout came later in the fight, but an early knockout will dispel any chance of Alvarez getting a rematch.

That scenario isn't likely, considering Mayweather's past fights and the fact that he's stopped just two opponents in his last nine bouts. Going the distance is a more realistic result, and that could still lead to Alvarez not earning a rematch.

If the two fighters are very even for most of the fight and Mayweather pulls out a win by a slim or reasonable margin over Alvarez, the argument in favor of a Canelo-Money rematch will have traction.

A performance that has Money scoring a ton of points and winning by plenty of rounds will crush the hopes of an Alvarez-Mayweather repeat next year or beyond. It will show that Mayweather is light-years ahead of Canelo and that the youngster just doesn't belong in the same ring as him.

So, just because this fight is generating a lot of buzz and money, that doesn't mean there will definitely be a rematch. The end result will heavily factor into such a decision, and if Money dominates in one way or the other, he will move on to bigger and badder opponents.