It came as a bit of a surprise to some when WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather announced his next fight would be against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
That’s because Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) is arguably the toughest opponent Mayweather (44-0-0, 26 KOs) has faced in a while, as the undefeated Mexican superstar has already compiled an impressive resume at only 23 years old.
While Floyd’s critics seem confident that boxing’s brash pound-for-pound king has finally bitten off more than he can chew, many experts think Mayweather’s unmatched technical skills should be more than enough to keep Floyd’s unblemished record intact.
Respected boxing trainer Jeff Mayweather is one of those experts who expect “Money” to make easy work out of Alvarez on Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Jeff isn’t just confident his nephew will emerge victorious against Canelo; he’s certain the bout won’t even be as competitive as Floyd’s last fight against Robert Guerrero — a boxing match Money dominated from start to finish.
“I don’t see it being close. I think it will be an easier fight than Guerrero,” Mayweather said during an interview with FightHype UK’s Scott Smith. “Floyd has already won the 154 title twice by beating Oscar [De La Hoya] and [Miguel] Cotto. Canelo is no different from those guys, just younger. He might punch harder than Floyd, but he is not quicker, not craftier, and does not have as good ring IQ as Floyd. Floyd has probably the best ring IQ in the sport; not just today, but of all time. Canelo can punch hard, but Floyd barely gets hit, and when he does, he has proven he can take it. He [Canelo] is good, but flat-footed. I just don’t see nothing in him that will trouble Floyd.”
It’s hard to argue with most of Jeff’s assessment, given the fact Canelo doesn’t seem to be quite ready for the likes of Floyd based on his most recent fights. Alvarez does have a bunch of physical advantages like strength, size and power against Floyd, but being forced to drop down to 152 pounds should diminish some of those attributes come fight time.
As far as Mayweather’s claim that Floyd has the highest ring IQ in boxing’s history, that’s up for debate as one could easily make a case for others like Sugar Ray Leonard and Willie Pep.