Golovkin: Mayweather-Canelo is a 50-50 fight
By Dan Ambrose: WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin sees the September 14th fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) as being a 50-50 fight.
Golovkin has sparred with Canelo before and was rumored to have dominated the 22-year-old but he thinks Canelo is at the point in his career where he’s go the power to give someone like Mayweather problems.
Golovkin told esnewsporting.com“I think 50-50 fight, for me. It’s 50-50 because Canelo has power he’s very serious.”
Golovkin is right about Canelo having the power in this fight. He’s clearly the stronger puncher than Mayweather, but he’s also a lot slower and he’s not good at putting his punches together the way that he needs to be in order to take advantage of his power.
Canelo hits hard but he doesn’t hit hard enough to score a stoppage from a single shot. Canelo needs an opponent that just stands there and lets him throw his combinations the way that light welterweight Josesito Lopez did last September in Canelo’s 5th round TKO win.
Mayweather isn’t a dumb fighter and he won’t just stand there in front of Canelo like a fighter from the 50s. Mayweather will use movement and Canelo from setting his feet to get maximum power on his shots.
Canelo is one of those fighters that is built like a little bull, with a lot of power, short arms and not much hand speed. If you let Canelo set his feet to get maximum power on his shots then he’s going to murder you because he can throw with power if he’s able to load up on his shots. But if you move around and not let Canelo get his feet set, he’s a very one-dimensional fighter much in the same way as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Both of those guys are solid Mexican fighters, but who lack he ability to fight on the move the way that Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. could do during his career.