Mayweather Sr: Canelo could be as easy as Guerrero was
By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Sr. thinks WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) could be an easy a fight for his son Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) as Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero was for him last May.
Floyd Jr. had an easy time defeating Guerrero and it was too easy. The fight was supposed to be a competitive match-up for Mayweather but he totally schooled Guerrero from the 1st round to the final bell.
Floyd Sr. told Mlive.com “I think this fight can be as easy as Guerrero.”
I think Floyd Sr. is right. This could be a very easy fight for Mayweather Jr. as long he doesn’t stand in front of Canelo too much because the young Mexican fighter needs a stationary target for him to throw his body punches and to use his considerable weight advantage. When you’ve got a fighter with a 20 pound weight advantage like the one Canelo will likely be sporting in this fight, then it’s important not to stand in front of him because Mayweather isn’t a light heavyweight and he won’t be weighing 172 lbs. on September 14th when the two fighters battle each other.
Floyd Sr. believes that Mayweather Jr. should have made Canelo agree to fight him at a catch-weight of 150 lbs. instead of the 152 catch-weight that Mayweather Jr. agreed on for the fight. Floyd Sr. said to Mlive.com “I would’ve made him [Canelo] come to 150. I would’ve made him suffer.”
It’s not about making Canelo suffer. It’s about fairness. If you’re fighting a guy like Canelo who is barely making 154 nowadays and who rehydrates up to 170, then the catch-weight needs to be halfway between 147 and 154. The halfway point between those two numbers is 150.5. Mayweather chose to give Canelo, the younger fighter and the less popular fighter, the advantage by giving him an extra 2 pounds. I don’t see that as being a wise thing because Mayweather didn’t ask for a rehydration limit on the fight, so we could see Canelo as high as 170 for this fight and that would be tough for Mayweather because he fights at right around 150 the night of his fights.