Is Floyd Mayweather Jr. ducking Saul “Canelo” Alvarez?
By Juan dela Cruz: Just recently, Floyd Mayweather Jr. said that he will fight Saul Alvarez but the bout has to be at 147-pound limit (welterweight). On the other hand, Saul Alvarez said the fight has to be at 154 pounds (Jr middle weight). With this, the fight seems unlikely to happen. But who’s to blame?
If we could recall, Floyd faced Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Cotto at 154 pounds, and also after the Mosley fight, Floyd said he wants Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez also at 154 although the fight never materialized after Martinez stopped Paul Williams in a brutal fashion. But now, after having fought at 154, Floyd is saying he can’t face Alvarez at that weight and the fight should be at 147.
Why is that? If we will look at the fighters, we could see the pattern. First, De La Hoya and Cotto were both past their primes that’s why Floyd agreed to face them at 154. Maravilla and of course Alvarez were still in their game and really pose a threat to Floyd, hence, the advantages should be at Floyd’s side so it should be them going down in weight. In Floyd’s fights, we can see that if an opponent is past his prime, he can be Floyd’s opponent even at higher weight. On the other hand, if a fighter is still young or at still in his prime, he should come up in weight and be bloated just like what he did to Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton, and Victor Ortiz.
Clearly, Floyd has not faced a real welter in his prime and avoiding threats. This has been going on, thanks to his adviser Al Haymon, but unfortunately, Floyd is obsessed by his “0” record that made him choose easy opponents. As you can see, Floyd avoided all threats, Pacquiao, prime Mosley, prime Cotto, Margarito and Sergio Martinez. And now, he is avoiding Canelo Alvarez who is, as we all know, a big threat to Floyd.
If Floyd Mayweather Jr. continue to cherry pick, then he will go down in history as an ordinary fighter who avoided threats. Now is also clear that he should be blame if the fight (Canelo) never happens. He wants the advantages to be in his side, unlike Pacquiao who never cares if he’s facing bigger men (Cotto, Clottey, Margarito, Mosley, and dela Hoya) as long as he brings entertainment.