De La Hoya: Mayweather vs. Canelo is an even fight
By Dan Ambrose: Oscar De La Hoya believes the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is a fight that could go either way in their September 14th clash in Las Vegas, Nevada. De La Hoya says he’s not picking sides in this fight, but he’s been dropping some mighty big hints that he’s pulling for the 22-year-old red-haired Canelo ever since the fight was announced.
De La Hoya said to esnewsreporting.com “It’s such an even fight. I’m just expecting a great fight for both guys. I’m not rooting for anyone. I strongly believe that Canelo is going to be a lot better than when I fought Mayweather. At 22, he’s doing things I never did in my career. He’s bobbing and weaving, throwing six-punch combinations.”
This is interesting. De La Hoya says he’s not picking sides, yet he’s saying that Canelo is a lot better than he was when he fought Mayweather.
In the same interview, De La Hoya says that Mayweather is exactly the same fighter he was back in 2007 with absolutely no change in his physical ability. So in other words, it sounds a lot like De La Hoya is dropping a pretty big hint that he thinks Canelo is going to beat Mayweather because De La Hoya barely lost to Mayweather back in 2007.
It was a really close fight and a winnable one for De La Hoya if he hadn’t gotten stupid and started trying to throw power shots in the second half of the fight.
I’m not sure that De La Hoya is aware of this but Canelo wasn’t using any head movement until he fought Austin Trout and was assisted with the open scoring that was used in that fight. Two judges had Canelo WAY up in the fight after the 4th and 8th rounds, making it to where all Canelo had to do was play defense instead of trying to win the fight.
I had Canelo losing the fight because he wasn’t letting his hands go from the last 8 rounds of the fight. But in Canelo’s other fights, he never used head movement, perhaps because he didn’t have open scoring for the fight. The open scoring wasn’t used in Canelo’s other fights as the WBC champion, but it sure helped him in this fight.