Welterweight

Saul Alvarez: Why Canelo Is Ready for a Fight with Floyd Mayweather

LAS VEGAS - MAY 01:  Saul Alvarez of Mexico reacts after knocking out Jose Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico in the ninth round during the welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Ralph LongoAnalyst IIINovember 27, 2011

After just getting through watching Saul "Canelo" Alvarez's fight against the hard-punching Kermit Cintron, which ended in a fifth-round knockout victory for Canelo, I couldn't help but be extremely impressed by the young Mexican.

After his awesome victory, Canelo called out Floyd Mayweather Jr. Most people will say he's crazy, but I really think Alvarez would have a decent shot against Mayweather. It would make for an interesting, and profitable fight for everyone.   

Canelo is only 21 years old, but he has already had at least 40 professional fights (He claims to have at least eight unrecorded bouts.) He's definitely experienced beyond his years. Canelo also is a very, very heavy-handed puncher who throws blow after blow in fierce combinations. 

I really think Canelo's punching power could bother Floyd. Alvarez hits you everywhere, and could possibly beat Floyd up to the point where he could break through Mayweather's famous defense.

Canelo is an extremely good technical boxer, and he's also extremely strong, physically stronger than anyone Floyd has faced. Canelo just looks very solid when he's in the ring and could overpower Mayweather and bully him into the ropes. 

Perhaps the quality that Alvarez has that I most appreciate is his killer instinct and will to finish off an opponent when he has him hurt. Alvarez goes for the jugular once he has his opponent in trouble. He is as fierce a fighter in this situation as we've seen in recent times.

If he were able to land something solid to get Floyd in trouble, as Shane Mosley did in 2009, Canelo would finish him off. He has demonstrated that ability time and again. 

While I doubt this fight will happen sooner rather than later, it is a fight that would be huge for boxing. Saul Alvarez is a huge star and the fight would generate huge revenue. Look for this fight in May of 2013, perhaps as the final fight, or close to it, of Floyd's career.

I'm not saying Saul would win, but I guarantee one thing—he'd give it his all and make for a highly competitive, very interesting bout.   

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