Mayweather v Alvarez: Not a good match-up
By Puncher’s chance: The upcoming showdown on 14 September at the MGM Grand Las Vegas between Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s), in my mind, is not the match-up the fans wanted.
Canelo is a good fighter but when you look at his previous opponents, they have not been of the highest quality and he has made heavy weather with some. A good win against Austin Trout aside, Canelo has fought guys like an old and shot Shane Mosley, Kermit Cintron who had lost two of his last three before the Alvarez fight, Josesito Lopez is nowhere near world class and two mediocre British fighters in Matthew Hatton and Ryan Rhodes.
Canelo is good but a fight I would have preferred to see him in would have been against the undefeated Belarussian Sergey Rabchenko, the current European champ. Rabchenko has great punching power and can take a good shot and I think he would seriously test Alvarez.
Mayweather now knows with his 6 fight deal he has to start fighting the best and not his usual fodder. A possible fight with Amir Khan has been mooted for next year in England, but that is just not what the fans want. Sergio Martinez would come down and so would Gennady Golovkin but these guys punch way to hard for our Floyd so the usual excuses about weight would come up. To be honest there is probably better fighters at welterweight for Floyd with the likes of Devon Alexander and Kell Brook. The way Devon Alexander toyed with Marcos Maidana, if he could reproduce that form he would be a match for most.
I would rule out Tim Bradley, even though he beat Alexander over two years ago, for me he lost his last two fights against Ruslan Provodnikov and Manny Pacquiao. Manny is also still hanging about and if he takes care of Brandon Rios, which I think he will he could be right back in there. Leaving his last fight aside where he just got fought cold, he has still been performing and a good Manny is a match for anybody.
For me there is better fights out there for Floyd, but also for Canelo. Canelo’s only chance in this fight is to use his size and put his weight on to Floyd and tire him out but as we know Floyd is a slippery customer.