De La Hoya: Mayweather-Canelo is a huge step forward for boxing at Golden Boy
By Dan Ambrose: Golden Boy Promotions promoter Oscar De La Hoya is putting Golden Boy’s “Golden Goose” WBA/wBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) in a tough, tough fight on September 14th against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Canelo just barely got past his last opponent Austin Trout in a fight with open scoring in San Antonio, Texas. I thought the fight was scored poorly by the three judges, two of which had Canelo up by huge margins after the 4th and 8th rounds despite Trout doing the better work and landing more punches.
Canelo got really lucky because I had him losing the fight and the open scoring seemed to give him a big, big boost in the fight because it allowed him to rest and fight defensively instead of being the one on the attack. Things will be different in the Mayweather-Canelo fight.
It’ll be different judges working the fight and the open scoring won’t be used. If Canelo is going to be using open scoring in the future, it won’t be with a fighter like Mayweather. He’s not going to let himself get put in a bind where he’s forced to change his fighting style based on scores that are way out of whack from what’s actually taking place in the ring.
De La Hoys said on his social media site: “Another huge step forward for boxing at Golden Boy. Mayweather vs. Canelo tickets will be announced soon.”
If De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions are banking on Canelo winning this fight, and it’s pretty clear they need Canelo to win this fight to make him a pay per view fighter that’ll make them a lot of money in the future, I think they’re going to be disappointed in a big way.
I think Golden Boy and De La Hoya will be upset when Mayweather dominates Canelo like he did Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and beating him to the point where he’s made to look a mechanical fighter unable to fight hard enough to win rounds.
I see Mayweather exposing Canelo as a robotic fighter that can’t fight hard without gassing and who only fights hard for portions of every round.
Canelo isn’t going to beat Mayweather by counter punching him with a single shot every 45 seconds like he did against Trout. Canelo outworked by Trout and if he gets outworked by Mayweather, I don’t see the three judges happily giving Canelo nearly every round. It’ll look bad if Canelo keeps winning like he did last April against Trout where Canelo isn’t working hard and yet is still being given rounds.
Golden Boy needs Canelo to beat Mayweather to get the passing of the baton from Mayweather to Canelo so that he can take over as the future PPV star in boxing, but I don’t see that happening. I see Canelo being shown up by the 36-year-old Mayweather and beaten badly despite having a huge 20 pound weight advantage over him.