Canelo Vs Mayweather, Outside of the ring, boxers tend to be a sensitive lot. The slightest amount of criticism can send them off in a pique.
Floyd Mayweather Jr., who has sat atop the boxing heap for better than a decade, has had more than his share of critics. But he got to stick it to those critics on Wednesday when Mayweather announced he’s going to fight Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 14 for the WBA/WBC super welterweight titles at the MGM Grand Garden on Showtime pay-per-view.
Mayweather isn’t facing an old, faded fighter. Alvarez, despite 43 pro fights, won’t turn 23 until July and is 13 years younger than Mayweather.
He won’t be fighting a guy moving up in weight, like he did when he bested Robert Guerrero on May 4. Alvarez is a natural super welterweight, and the two-pound concession worked into the contract won’t have much of an impact on the bout. Though the super welterweight limit is 154 pounds, the fighters agreed that the limit at the weigh-in will be 152. To his credit, Alvarez said the two pounds were no problem and readily agreed.
By taking on Alvarez, Mayweather isn’t facing a soft touch. Alvarez is 42-0-1 and, as he showed in an outstanding performance against Austin Trout on April 20, is not only one of the sport’s biggest draws, he’s one of its best fighters. He’s a top 20 pound-for-pound fighter, at worst, and some think he belongs near the bottom of the top 10.