Roger Mayweather: Canelo can be a super star even if he loses to Floyd Jr.
By Allan Fox: Roger Mayweather, the uncle for Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s), thinks his opponent WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) can still reach super star status in their next fight on September 14th, even if Canelo loses the fight.
Roger points out that if Canelo merely is competitive with Mayweather Jr., he’ll be a super star because he’ll have given him boxing’s #1 fighter trouble. Fans will then rally behind Canelo and still see him as a great star because he was able to do this at such an early at 22.
Roger said to hustleboss.com “If he beat Floyd or he don’t beat Floyd, if it’s a good fight, you still got a super star. You got something to compare with.”
Roger is correct. Canelo is virtually in a no lose situation in this as long as he at least is competitive with Mayweather. It’s difficult to imagine Canelo not being competitive because he’s got the strength, age and the weight advantage over Mayweather.
You’re not going to over-power a fighter like Canelo if you’re out-weighed 15-20 pounds like Mayweather will likely be in this fight. If Mayweather wins, it’s going to be by out-boxing Canelo by using his quickness and defense.
Mayweather won’t be able to fight Canelo like he did Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero or Miguel Cotto, because Canelo is heavier than those fighters and has better power.
Mayweather will have to use his legs more in this fight and not give Canelo any chances to set up his offense to start winging body shots.
One positive that Mayweather has in this fight is that Canelo thinks he’s got him figured out. He’s been studying Mayweather’s style, and he think he’s got a way to beat him. Whatever Canelo does come up will be countered by Mayweather on the fly as he immediately adapts to what Canelo is doing.
If Canelo spends too much time in training camp working on one plan, he could be lost if Mayweather immediately neutralizes Canelo’s strategy in the 1st round and dominates as he always has. We could see Canelo turned into a bigger version of Juan Manuel Marquez, a fighter that Mayweather embarrassed four years ago in beating him by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision in 2009.