Mayweather: Canelo still has a lot of weight to lose
(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) is happy to see that his opponent WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) still needs to lose weight in order to get down to the 152 lb. catch-weight by Friday. Canelo told ESPN that he was already at 153 lbs. 2 days ago, but he looked close to 163 than 153, and it was impossible to take that seriously given how bad Canelo still was at the time.
Mayweather Jr. is very aware of Canelo’s weight from his inside sources, and he said this about his red-haired opponents struggles to make weight “He’s still got a lot of weight to get off. My weight is made. I woke up this morning 150. I know it [about Canelo still needing to drop a ton of weight]. My job as a fighter is to know everything about my opponent I’m facing.”
Mayweather Jr. doesn’t need an inside source to see that Canelo still appears to be far away from the 152 pound catch-weight because no one looks as big as Canelo at 152 or even 156. I saw Canelo being at least 160 lbs. 2 days ago, and that’s a big deal. When you’re 2 days away from a fight and you still need to cut at least 8 pounds to make weight, that’s not good.
If Canelo chooses to drop the weight in the last day, it’s going to be rough on him, and it’ll give Mayweather a huge advantage because dehydrating quickly to get to a weight is really hard on your body. Canelo can put the weight back on no doubt to get to the upper 160s or mid-170s, but I think it’s going to effect him in a negative way for the fight.
Mayweather has it made with him already at the weight and feeling comfortable. He’s not someone draining down from the 170s to try and get to the weight at the last second in time for the weigh-in.
Canelo has been saying that he’ll easily make the weight, and that he’ll be faster because of it. But that just doesn’t seem likely. Canelo might make the weight, but he’s likely going to feel terrible on Saturday night when he puts the weight back on and tries to fight hard for 12 rounds. You can expect Canelo to spend a lot of time on the ropes resting because of his legs feeling like they’re filled with two heavy blocks of cement.
Canelo will likely be breathing hard like a gold fish out of water because of the stress put on his system from having rehydrated quickly. When you put on a massive amount of water weight in a little over 24 hours, it’s like surfacing from the deep ocean. You can’t put that weight on too quickly without it leaving you feeling tired and unable to fight at the same level you could fight.