Mayweather vs. Canelo: What must they do?
By Sotoman: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) is and will be recognized as one of the best fighters, if not best fighter of this generation in addition to quite possibly a top 10 of all time. On September 14th, many fans will be in for a great fight, but as many do prior to many of Mayweather’s fights, they will either predict his dominance or hope for his destruction. As many Floyd fans suggest “the haters will flock the building.”
I guess it is easy to see why many dislike Floyd. Truthfully, I believe they hate his arrogance and the few times he failed to fight the man fans wanted him to fight, but deep down inside we can all respect and appreciate what he has done in the ring and brought back to boxing. When Floyd steps in the ring next month against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s), one thing is for sure and that is: Floyd will do what he does best and that is box. I will be totally honest in my opinion here is what Floyd will not do: 1. He will not sit and exchange with Canelo. 2. He will not allow Canelo to sit and smother him against the ropes. Finally, he will do everything in his power to leave with an “0” even if that means using the shoulder roll all night.
If Floyd resolves to allowing any of the above to happen, he quite possibly will give Canelo a big advantage in the fight. You see although Canelo has not fought the opposition that fans believe is worthy of their respect, Canelo has been boxing since he was about 8 and historically comes from a boxing family, as does Floyd. Canelo can leave this fight a winner no matter what the situation. In my opinion, he must do the following: 1. Impose his will on Floyd, by that I mean he must be aggressive and pressure him. I don’t believe Mayweather will have enough power to knock him out, take chances. 2. Canelo must be really well conditioned for this fight, you see one of Mayweather’s weaknesses definitely seems to be the idea of being pressured late, we saw Cotto do it well but fade in the late rounds. 3. Canelo must use the speed he has to throw combinations at close range. Finally, cut the ring off, do not allow Floyd to get comfortable on the outside, because he can outbox his shadow.
With my opinion now laid down, Fans must realize that although in the past few years Floyd has demonstrated an ability to seem almost invincible in the ring, this is boxing and almost anything can happen. Both fighters have been boxing for a very long time and that must go respected and appreciated.
“Show me an undefeated fighter and I’ll show a guy who’s never fought anybody.” Whitey Bimstein
“Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.” George Foreman