On Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Boxing will take center stage with a megafight between undefeated fighters Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Billed as ‘The One’, the mega fight is intriguing for a variety of reasons as we have the most recognizable boxer right now taking on the fighter who is considered to be its future superstar.
There are a few interesting angles to look at the fight from. The first intriguing factor is the fact that neither fighter has lost as a professional. Mayweather comes into the fight with a 44-0-0 record, and he is the first one to throw around the fact that he has never lost and has made it a key selling point in the promotion of the fight. Alvarez will come into the fight with a professional record of 42-0-1.
The fact that both fighters have yet to lose has made this fight bigger and more attractive for non-hardcore boxing fans. In addition to their records, the age of both fighters is also an intriguing aspect of the fight. Mayweather, at age 36, is 14 years older than Alvarez, who is 23. Their age difference is so significant is because in boxing, there is a saying that a fighter can get old overnight.
And while Floyd has not been in many grueling fights in his professional career, there will be some intrigue as to whether or not he will become an old fighter on Saturday night.
This is a fight of boxers who do not fight in the same weight class, as Alvarez fights at the 154-pound division, while Mayweather fights at the 147-pound division. The fight on Saturday night will be fought at a catchweight of 152 pounds. While Canelo will be asked to drop an additional two pounds, Floyd might have to gain an extra five pounds — although it would be surprising if Floyd weighed in at anything above 150.
Given that Canelo is naturally a bigger fighter to begin with and will add at least 10-15 pounds between the weigh-in on Friday and the fight on Saturday night. This adds intrigue to the fight as Canelo will be the first of Floyd’s opponents who has a clear physical advantage over him since at least Miguel Cotto in May 2012, and probably even as far back as Jose Luis Castillo in 2002.
The other bit of intrigue related to this fight will not be known until the opening bell rings, and that is in terms of strategy. Mayweather has a clear defense-first strategy and likes to time the speed of the punches being thrown by his opponents before pressing the action himself.
The big question will be if Alvarez presses the action in the early rounds in order to see if he can win some early rounds off of Floyd, and force Floyd to be more aggressive. If this happens, we could have a lot of action and a more entertaining fight.