De La Hoya: Canelo is no Ortiz or Marquez
By Dan Ambrose: Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions feels that his #1 fighter WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez won’t meet the same fate as past victims of Floyd Mayweather Jr. like Victor Ortiz and Juan Manuel Marquez. De La Hoya thinks because Canelo comes from the streets of Mexico that it makes him different with a better chance of beating Mayweather than the other guys.
De La Hoya said to RingTV “Canelo is no Victor Ortiz. Canelo is no Marquez…Canelo comes from the streets of Mexico…he has bad intentions, let me tell you. This kid is a street guy who had bad intentions…the question is, is Mayweather going to beat Canelo solely on experience. I would guess that I think not.”
No, it won’t be experience that leads Mayweather to beating Canelo; it’ll be his talent. De La Hoya sounds like he really needs Canelo to win this fight so that he can keep help his promotional company. I wonder how De La Hoya will handle it if Canelo gets beaten like Marquez and Ortiz did.
Canelo’s advantages in this fight aren’t because he’s from the streets of Mexico like De La Hoya says. I don’t buy what De La Hoya is saying about Canelo coming from a rough street environment. I think pretty much Canelo’s only advantage in this fight is his weight size.
The guy is a middleweight and he’s fighting in the junior middleweight division against guys from the 147 lb. division. That’s his advantage. His youth isn’t an advantage because Canelo doesn’t have good stamina, which is normally the opposite of what you have when you’re dealing with a 22-year-old fighter.
Younger fighters normally are able to fight hard for three minutes of every round and outwork the aging veterans. With Canelo, he gasses out when he’s worked hard and when he’s not worked hard, he gasses out in 12 round fights. Look at Canelo’s fights with Austin Trout and Shane Mosley. Canelo looked exhausted in both fights.
Look at his fight with Ryan Rhodes or his fight against welterweight Matthew Hatton. The Hatton fight was for the vacant WBC junior middleweight title. Again, Canelo fighting another welterweight instead of someone from his own weight class.