Mayweather vs Cotto Undercard: Previewing Saul Alvarez vs. Shane Mosley

Kevin Van PeltCorrespondent IMay 4, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 04:  WBC super welterweight champion Saul Alvarez (L) and Shane Mosley face off during the official weigh-in for their bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will defend his title against Mosley on May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Whenever Floyd Mayweather is entered in a fight he will take almost all of the attention throughout the weekend's boxing events.

One of the undercard's for his fight against Miguel Cotto is Saul Alvarez vs. Shane Mosley. This fight is the classic youth vs. experience matchup. Alverez is undefeated with a record of 39-0-1 and will be facing the 40-year old Mosley for the first time.

Alverez is a rising star in the boxing world and the longer he can stay undefeated the better it will be for the sport. His chances of staying undefeated are very good considering that Mosley is not the same boxer that he used to be.

For Mosley to have an upset victory, he will need to be more aggressive. He had an upset victory against Antonio Margarito in 2009, but that was due to the lack of defensive effort from Margarito than what Mosley brought to the table. Mosley needs to attack early and often if he wants to get the edge. Alvarez will have a better defensive strategy than Margarito but would still have his work cut out for him.

For Alvarez this fight might seem as a huge advantage for him. He needs to be careful that that he does not take Mosley for granted. If he fights the way he normally does he should have the edge.

Instead of asking who is going to win, coming into the fight, the bigger question might be will Alvarez knock out Mosley. The future Hall of Famer has never been knocked out during his boxing career which could change after this weekend.

Alvarez has been in 40 fights in his career and he has won by knockout in 29 of those events. He has a powerful punch and makes great clean connections on his opponents that can make any boxer fall down. With Mosley's age slowing him down, Alvarez will be able to use his quicker punch to connect with Mosley with ease.

Expect Alvarez to dominate this fight early and often, especially if Mosley does not come out on the attack. In a sad state in Mosley's career I see the legend getting KO'd for the first time in his career around the seventh or eighth round.

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