The September 14th boxing match between Mexican phenom Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr is less than a month away, and the books have Mayweather installed as the favorite, as expected. Right now Alvarez sits as a (+230) underdog, with Mayweather favored by nearly 3 to 1 odds at (-280).
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Both men bring 40+ win undefeated records to the bout, so Alvarez has seen a lot of ring time in a short time span. People have questioned his quality of opposition, and certainly he was bought along carefully at points in his career, but the result is a fighter who many feel is ready to take his spot at the top of the boxing world. Certainly, Oscar De La Hoya is banking on it.
Even Mayweather’s detractors are saying that he is wise to catch ‘Canelo’ now rather than wait another 18 months or so. The thinking is that ‘Canelo’ will continue to grow as he enters his mid twenties, while Mayweather can hold off father time for so long.
In Mayweather’s last outing, he outclassed a tough Robert Guerrero, and he looked dominant in cruising to a 117-111 win on all three judge’s cards.
Alvarez won a unanimous decision over Austin Trout, who is no slouch, and Canelo won comfortably. He has long been lobbying for a bout with Mayweather, and he is likely a bit bigger than Mayweather in terms of stature. If he does catch Mayweather sliding, then he is the right fighter to capitalize on a Mayweather mistake. The last time Mayweather was really touched was against Shane Mosley, who landed a solid shot early but could not bring his 41 year old legs to take the fight to MAyweather. That will not happen with Canelo, if he gets the chance.
And that is really what is being bet on here – will Mayweather begin to show the effects of age that are inevitable? It just takes one slip up, just ask Anderson Silva.