What is almost certain to be the biggest boxing match of 2013 has been signed for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Nevada on September 14th as undefeated Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has been announced as the next opponent for pound for pound kingpin Floyd Mayweather Jr. Amidst word that Mayweather’s last match againrt Robert Guerrero did not live up to the ratings expectations, Mayweather has chosen not to dance alone in this next outing, as Alvarez brings a massive following behind him as well. This should keep the lines close when they are put out there, though obviously Mayweather will be installed as the favorite.
In the Guerrero fight, Mayweather was coming off another long layoff, and this was one where he spent several month in jail, so if ever there were going to be visible signs of decay form ‘Money’, this was the time. Mayweather was off his game for about a round, maybe a round and a half at most against Guerrero, after that his speed and otherworldly defense were on display.
Mayweather has known about Alvarez for a long time, and presumably he is game planning for the match and has a strategy to beat Alvarez. Mayweather and his team have been flawless so far, and they have certainly been working on a ‘Canelo’ strategy for a long time now.
Alvarez, at 42-0-1 and still in his early 20′s, does represent a threat to Mayweather for sure. The young man faced criticism early in his career for being ‘protected’ but the early caution seems to have paid off, as ‘Canelo’ has held the WBC’s Light Middleweight title for more than two years and he has defended it six times. Mayweather is a step up in competition, but Mayweather is a step up in competition for every boxer on the planet. Alvarez does feel his time is now.
Both men have known they would have to meet, and it is a classic battle of old versus new. Will Mayweather finally give up his top spot to the rising young star? One thing is for sure, most of Mexico is willing to bet Mayweather is ready to go!