Canelo weighed 172 lbs. for Trout fight; Mayweather bout out of the question
By Chris Williams: Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently gave a pretty good reason recently why a fight between him and WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is an impossibility, saying that he himself fights at right at the weight limit for his welterweight bouts, whereas Canelo rehydrates up to 170 pounds.
Well, last night Canelo rehydrated up to a reported 172 lbs. for his 12 round unanimous decision win over WBA junior middleweight champion Austin Trout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. You can do the math.
If Mayweather is fighting at around 147 when he steps inside the ring for his fights at 147, then he’d be giving up 25 pounds to Canelo if Mayeather were to fight him. Even if Mayweather was gain a little bit of weight to fight Canelo in junior middleweight, we’re still talking about 20 pounds difference between the two of them.
When Mayweather fought Miguel Cotto last May, the weight that Mayweather put made him bulky and slow and didn’t help his power any. He was like a welterweight that had eaten his way to 154 and didn’t have the power for the division. Canelo is more of a middleweight fighting at junior middleweight right now. His weight last night proved that pretty clearly.
So what people would be asking for Mayweather to do is to fight someone two divisions above him in making that fight happen. They might as well ask Mayweather to fight Sergio Martinez, Gennady Golovkin or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. because it would pretty much amount to the same.
The only way I could see a Mayweather-Canelo fight taking place is if the fight were held at 147 and there was a rehydration clause where Canelo couldn’t come into the fight any heavier than 154 tops. That would Canelo a small 5-7 pound weight advantage over Mayweather and I think it would reasonable. But to have the fight take place now with Canelo ballooning up to light heavyweight to face Mayweather, it’s totally unfair and not right.
The thing is Canelo would likely not agree to a rehydration limit and even if he did, I seriously doubt he’d be able to stay below 160. What would likely happen is that he’d come in at 170+ and take whatever fine that would be given, and have a huge advantage over Mayweather in weight.
The only way it would work is if Canelo came in over 160 the night of the fight, then fight would be off but the fight wouldn’t get made with that kind of dire scenario. Who would to risk that when you know you’ve got a fighter that rehydrates to 170.
I think Canelo needs to forget about Mayweather because he’s too big for him. No one is asking Mayweather to fight middleweights Chavez Jr. or Golovkin and Canelo is basically a middleweight righting at junior middleweight. Why doesn’t Canelo fight Chavez Jr., Golovkin or Sergio Martinez? Those guys are his own size? I don’t see Canelo calling them out. Is it because they’re same size as him?