Rios: Mayweather will beat Canelo
By Dan Ambrose: Brandon Rios isn’t sitting on the fence about who he thinks will win next months’ Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) on September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rios sees Mayweather Jr. beating the red-haired Canelo, because he likes the skills that Mayweather Jr. has, and doesn’t see anyone out there that can beat him, least of all a still experienced 23-year-old Canelo.
Rios told esnewsreporting.com “I think Mayweather’s going to win. I’m not on anyone’s n***.”
Rios is taking a lot of heat in his gym for picking Mayweather Jr. instead of Canelo, but Rios is just going with who he believes will win the fight, not who he wants to win. There is a difference. You can want Canelo to win until you’re red in the face, but if you look at it logically without wishing, it’s pretty clear that Mayweather Jr. is going to dominate the flat-footed fighter and expose him like he did Robert Guerrero last May.
Canelo is just an extension of Guerrero, but with 20+ pounds added on. The extra weight that Canelo has on his frame won’t help him against Mayweather Jr. It’ll help him against guys that don’t move that Golden Boy Promotions picks out for Canelo, but not against fighters that use movement and actually know how to fight.
We kind of saw Canelo get exposed in his last fight against Austin Trout. Many Canelo’s fans see that fight through a prism of wishful thinking. They think Canelo looked impressive in that fight. He didn’t. He deserved to lose.
At best, Canelo should have been given a draw, but definitely not a win. And that was Canelo exposed by a lesser fighter than Mayweather. Just imagine what it’s going to be like for Canelo to face a fighter with the speed and movement that Mayweather Jr. has on September 14th.
It’s going to end badly for Canelo with him looking as paralyzed and as helpless as Guerrero did against Mayweather. But I see it much worse for Canelo, because Guerrero had stamina and fought hard for the full 12 rounds, not just four rounds. I see Canelo fighting hard for about four rounds before he gasses out and spends the rest of the fight against the ropes just moving his head like he’s doing something.