Saturday night, Sept. 14, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0) will take on Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (42-0-1) at a catch weight of 152 pounds for the WBC and WBA light middleweight titles. The mega fight will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be televised on Showtime PPV.
For Mayweather, the match up is another opportunity for him to further embellish on his hall of fame career. Alvarez poses a difficult challenge as he will significantly outweigh Mayweather when they enter the ring. Consequently, it is imperative that Mayweather do not attempt to get into a slug feat as Alvarez possesses the power to end the night with one punch.
Strategically, many boxing insiders expect that Mayweather will look to outbox the strong Alvarez, while Canelo will attempt to pressure Mayweather into a fight. Thus, if Canelo will have any opportunity to win, he will have to take Mayweather out of his comfort zone by attacking early and hurting him.
If not, the boxing world can bet on Mayweather outmaneuvering Canelo for 12 rounds and pulling off a unanimous decision victory. It is no secret that Mayweather's defensive skills are superb and it will be interesting to see how that defense holds up against a young devastating puncher like Alvarez.
On the other hand, Alvarez comes into this fight as an unproven hero. The boxing community, specifically the Mexican people, have fallen in love with Canelo and made him an enormous attraction. However, Alvarez has not fought anyone close to the status and skills of Mayweather, which has led many to question how he will perform on fight night.
Monetarily, the promotion put on by Golden Boy and Mayweather Promotions, is set to break all time pay-per-view figures. Mayweather will walk away, win or lose, with a guaranteed $41 million before his percentage of the pay-per-view profits are computed. While, Alvarez will get over $10 million for the biggest fight of his career.
Promotionally, Golden Boy has done a great job of putting together a competitive and meaningful under card. Specifically, Danny Garcia (26-0) vs. Lucas Matthysse (34-2) is an intriguing title fight that is surely a main event on any other night. Thus, boxing fans around the world should pay close attention as the bout possesses all the qualities to steal the show.
Overall, the match up provides the world with one of the biggest fights in the current age of boxing. Mayweather vs. Alvarez has all the making to become a boxing classic, which is exactly what the sport of boxing needs. Credit must be given to both of these warriors as they are putting their undefeated records and titles on the line at the highest level in the sport. Only time will tell, but the world will be tuning in to decide who should really be deemed "The One" within the sport of boxing.