Undefeated Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) will be in for the toughest test of his career when he squares up against boxing’s pound-for-pound best, Floyd “Money” Mayweather (44-0-0, 26 KOs).
The two are scheduled to meet on Sept. 14, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
To an extent, the Mayweathers have risen to the top of boxing’s food chain off the backs of Mexican boxers, from Floyd’s dominant performances against stars like Juan Manuel Marquez and Oscar De La Hoya, to his uncle Roger’s destruction of several of Mexico’s favorites back in his prime, earning the nickname, “The Mexican Assasin.”
Obviously, Canelo would love to be the first Mexican to hand Floyd a beating, but most knowledgeable boxing fans will admit he has his work cut out for him. That’s because Mayweather is in a class of his own when it comes to boxing technique, while it wouldn’t be overcritical to say Alvarez hasn’t even yet reached the technical level of fighters like Marquez who Money has already bested in the past.
Canelo will enjoy a decent size and strength advantage over Mayweather when they square up on Sept. 14, but even Mexico’s home-grown experts like Nacho Beristáin still don’t think he has a prayer against Floyd.
“I hope [he wins] as it would be marvelous for Mexican boxing if he were to win but I think it will be difficult,” Beristáin told Boxingscene.com. “I’ve always thought Mayweather was a fighter who is totally defensive. He’s smart, very intelligent and in a totally different category. I think if he prepares very well, I think he will be the winner.”
Nacho went even further, inferring there’s only one way a fighter could ever soil Money’s unblemished record.
“Only a fighter who goes into the ring with a bat,” Beristáin added.
Solid praise for Mayweather from one of the most respected boxing trainers around.