Oscar De La Hoya caused quite a stir when he recently predicted Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) would defeat Floyd Mayweather (44-0-0, 26 KOs) via knockout when the two undefeated fighters square up Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.
While it’s only rational to assume Oscar was simply trolling when he made his prediction, given the fact he typically picks whoever Floyd is about to fight while his Golden Boy Promotions markets the bout, Floyd’s uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather, took it rather seriously, lashing out at De La Hoya during an interview with Boxingscene.com.
“De La Hoya got his [expletive] whooped already,” Roger stated. “He already got whooped by Floyd, so of course he’s going to say Floyd is going to get knocked out by the eight round. The thing about it, he ain’t going to knock him out in eight rounds, he ain’t going to outbox him — all that mother [expletive] is going to do is lose. And when that happens, you come back and tell me what he says. That mother [expletive] is just mad, he’s still mad [that he lost to Floyd]. No matter what you say or what you do, [using your head and being smart] is what wins fights and [Canelo] doesn’t know how to do that.”
Roger isn’t the most articulate orator on the planet, but he sure knows his boxing. While a few respected names in the boxing community refuse to rule out the possibility of Canelo upsetting Floyd, the general consensus is that Alvarez is in over his head.
That’s because of Floyd’s technical superiority over all others in boxing right now, and the fact holes in Canelo’s game were evident during his last three bouts.
The only thing Canelo has going for him heading into his fight against Floyd is his size and strength, and those attributes might be diminished by the fact Mayweather vs. Alvarez will take place at a catchweight of 152 pounds.
Floyd has bested bigger fighters than Canelo like Miguel Cotto and “The Golden Boy” himself — who was well over the 154-pound light-middleweight limit after re-hydrating — so it’s highly unlikely Canelo’s size will affect Mayweather’s effectiveness.
Of course, De La Hoya already knows all this.
Like most who have dared to step inside the ring with Mayweather, Canelo has nothing more than a puncher’s chance. Fortunately, for him, the combat gods have been rather cruel to superstars within the past year, with Manny Pacquiao and MMA’s Anderson Silva getting brutally finished.
I guess having only a puncher’s chance isn’t that bad these days.