De La Hoya: Canelo will be faster at 152 for Mayweather
By Dan Ambrose: Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions says that the catch-weight fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was fair because the two of them agreed to fight at the mid-point between 147 and 154, and De La Hoya sees Canelo being faster at 152 rather than 153 the weight he weighed in at for his fight with Austin Trout last April.
De La Hoya said to laceupboxing.com “You’re going to see a Canelo like no other. Canelo had no problem making 154 for Trout. At 152, he’s going to be faster. It [the catch-weight] was only fair. Mayweather wanted 147 and Canelo wanted 154. It was fair to meet right in the middle.”
A few things about De Hoya’s comments here: First off, Canelo weighed in at 153 for his last fight against Trout; he didn’t fight Trout at that weight. Canelo rehydrated to 172, which is 19 pounds heavier than what he weighed in at.
I’m not sure why De La Hoya didn’t mention that because that’s pretty important when you factor in that Mayweather entered the ring at 146 lbs. for his last fight against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero.
Secondly, Canelo won’t be any faster than he was for the last time fight if he comes in only 1 pounder lighter, if he makes the fight at 152. How can Canelo be faster if he’s only losing one pound from his previous weigh-in weight?
Besides that, Canelo won’t enter the ring at 152, so I’m not sure why De La Hoya is talking about the 152 as if that’s the weight Canelo will be weighing the night of the fight. If Mayweather is lucky, Canelo will be around 165 lbs, but that sure isn’t 152, is it? That’s 13 pounds heavier.
Lastly, the halfway point between 147 and 154 isn’t 152 like De La Hoya said. The halfway point between 147 and 154 is 150.5, not 152. Mayweather is giving 5 pounds of weight, whereas Canelo is giving 2 points. That’s not halfway. It’s clearly tilted in Canelo’s favor.