Mayweather vs Alvarez Review


On September 14th, two undefeated champions collide. Floyd “Money” Mayweather faces Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in the most anticipated fight of the year billed as “The One”.

As my username suggests, I’m a big Mayweather fan, and feel that he sits firmly in the top 3 p4p fighters of all time but that debate is for another day.

Despite Mayweather’s unblemished record and total dominance of those who have faced him, the reason why this fight is so highly anticipated is that by all accounts (and also my opinion) “Canelo” is the heir apparent to Floyd’s crown.

At just 23 Alvarez already has a record of 42 wins from 43 fights with 1 draw and is the current WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Light Middleweight Champion. Canelo has everything you look for in a fighter. Strength, speed, power and heart. Having turned pro at the tender age of just 15 it wasnt long before the boxing world took notice and he was snapped up by Oscar De Le Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions who have put him on the undercard of many of Mayweathers fights to gain exposure (a point that Mayweather has chosen to keep reminding everyone during the marathon tour promotion).

Casual UK fans may have seen Alvarez step into the ring for the first time during his fights with a couple of our homegrown fighters in gutsy Ryan Rhodes and Matthew Hatton. Both were totally outclassed by the young Mexican. However, the biggest scalps on Canelo’s resume are 12 round points victories over multiple weight former world champion Shane Mosley and his most impressive performance to date over previously unbeaten Austin Trout (who Alvarez knocked down for the first time in his career).

Watching Alvarez’s style he has definately been watching a lot of Floyd while growing up. You can see the classic Floyd defence trying to be used with the shoulder roll and as I said previously, after Floyd has retired, I certainly expect Canelo to dominate the boxing world for years to come. With all that being said will he win on September 14th?…

No. In a word.

Floyd Mayweather, for me, right now is unbeatable. Like Alvarez, Mayweather has everything you want from a fighter and more. People may want to argue with me about my top 3 p4p fighters of all time opinion but what you cannot argue with is the fact Mayweather has the greatest defence ever seen in the sport of boxing. It’s no coincidence that until he took up the “Money” nickname, he was known as “Pretty Boy” Floyd by his peers because he just didnt get hit. And despite his name change, that important fact hasn’t!

He still has his long time trainer and uncle, Roger, in his corner and working the pads with him. But for his last fight, just like this next one, Floyd Mayweather Snr was also brought into The Money Team. Against the then ranked top 5 p4p contender Robert Guerrero the change in Mayweather was noticeable straight away. Better movement on defence but also a much better aggressive style when needed.

This is exactly what I expect from this fight against Canelo and although it may come across as a “safe” bet, my money will be going without hesitation on a Mayweather unanimous decision.