Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mexican Canelo Alvarez battles Floyd Mayweather Jr. in The One tonight

Mayweather and Alvarez during the weigh in. Photo source: Google.
Can the young Mexican fighter Canelo Alvarez pulls out one of boxing's greatest upsets by giving Floyd Mayweather Jr. his first loss? Although Canelo should be considered a legitimate threat to Mayweather, it would end up just another boring fight with Mayweather proving once again his excellent display of sweet science prowess--hit and don't get hit. The Mexican fighter Canelo--the young hungry lion--would be then reduced into a desperate brawler which Mayweather would take advantage of by making him a standing target for precision punching and perfectly-timed combinations. But, still, I hope I was wrong and the fight would have lived up to every boxing fanatic's expectations.

The fight titled The One will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather will be earning a guaranteed purse of $41.5 million for this fight not to include the pay-per-view shares he would be earning which will also be in millions of dollars while Canelo will be paid a guaranteed $5 million plus pay-per-view shares. Both Canelo Alvarez (42-0-1 30 KOs) and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0 26 KOs) are undefeated. The two will be fighting at a catch weight of 152 pounds, just two pounds short for the junior middle weight limit. 

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been boxing’s top pound-for-pound until Pacquiao dethroned him for quite a time but with Pacquiao’s devastating sixth round knockout loss to Marquez last December of 2012, Mayweather tops the list again. One of boxing’s biggest fights ever, if that would ever happen, will be Mayweather to fight the Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao. It will not only be the biggest, but perhaps the richest fight in the history of the sport. But it’s a fight that would remain a dream fight unless the two camps--the Mayweather and the Pacquiao camps--would finally settle their differences out and start negotiating. Boxing needs that fight and it’s the fight every boxing fanatic would like to see.

Pacquiao will be fighting Rios in November in Macau while the Mexican dinamita Marquez will be facing Timothy Bradley in October. A fifth fight with Marquez and a possible Pacquiao-Mayweather encounter will be the big things to watch out for in the sport next year. Once these fights happen, boxing wins. The fans win as well!

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