On Sept. 14, Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s undefeated record will be on the line once again when he faces Mexican boxing star Saul “Canelo Alvarez.
Some of Mayweather’s critics feel he might have bitten off more than he can chew by agreeing to take on the fellow undefeated boxer who happens to be a lot younger, bigger, and stronger than boxing’s pound-for-pound king, thinking his physical attributes might be enough to overcome Mayweather’s technical superiority.
Hall of Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach isn’t one of them.
Even though Roach and the Mayweather clan have bumped heads multiple times in the past due to the latter’s tumultuous relationship with Roach’s prized pupil, Manny Pacquiao, the highly-respected boxing trainer doesn’t seem to think Canelo (42-0-1, 30 KOs) has much of a chance against Floyd (44-0-0, 26 KOs).
“I think that is a very, very good boxing match,” Roach explained during a recent conversation with reporters. “It’s not a great fight; it’s a good boxing match. Mayweather is a beautiful boxer and I think Mayweather will win a decision in that fight. I think a boxing fan will really like that fight but some people at home that like action might fall asleep. But it’s a great boxing match.”
When asked about Alvarez’ odds of bringing Mayweather’s undefeated reign to an end, Roach didn’t back down from his prediction.
“Well you know [Alvarez is] a pretty good puncher and a tough guy,” Roach added. “But does he have a chance at beating Mayweather? I don’t think so.”
Roach’s comments aren’t really surprising considering the fact many boxing experts agree that Mayweather is indeed a few levels ahead of Alvarez in terms of technical boxing skills, as well as speed. The WBC welterweight champion has fought bigger — and arguably more technical boxers — in the past, and he’s clearly well-adapted to squaring up against larger, stronger opponents.
Floyd went toe-to-toe with Miguel Cotto in 2012, proving he’s actually good enough to fight and beat bigger opponents, rather than just out-boxing them. When he decided to go back to his bread-and-butter defensive style during his previous outing against Robert Guerrero, it couldn’t be more apparent that stronger opponents pose no additional threat to Mayweather, as he easily out-maneuvered and nullified the same Guerrero who bullied Andre Berto, a physically strong fighter by any standard, with ease during his last outing.
However, it’s worth noting that Canelo’s technique consistently improves with each outing, so he just might be able to make enough improvements before his bout against Mayweather — improvements which combined with his size and strength might be enough to make boxing history.