A long time ago, in a year now far away...
He wanted a fight- and he got it.
In the summer of that same year, an 18 year-old precocious and preternaturally gifted fighter out in his native México, is about to get his 20th victory in combat.
While another fighter of Russian descent- is becoming a legend in the universe. He is a world renowned machine, who has never been down or hurt in 100's of amateur or gym fights, and is striking his opposition with furious intent in Germany.
He is about to win his 13th fight.
There is another, the most gifted fighter in the galaxy, who doesn't really know who these two are. But he will.
For now, he fixes his gaze on the guy who wanted a fight, and watches him brutally beat a man that would challenge him. As he sits in retirement he ponders the scene- for he made a wise choice.
The year is 2008.
Mayweather vs. Margarito
The saga between these two is a storied one and is etched in boxing lore. From sordid conversations with RA the rugged man, to that guy in the barbershop (you know, "him", who has evidence of everything), to countless others who follow and cover the sport- Mayweather avoided Margarito.
They may have a point.
The July 2008 version of Antonio Margarito is like a Mexican bad guy out of a science fiction movie. Think Danny Trejo in a "Star Wars" film. He comes at you like a slow wave of omnipotence, and seemingly has hands of bricks.
Turns out he does- but we won't tell. (Shhhh...!)
He has massacred the Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto, after being unable to get a fight with Floyd Mayweather. In 2006, Mayweather understands the landscape of the welterweight division. He see's solid opposition that can threaten him, his body, and his record.
I believe Mayweather would've stopped Zab Judah in about 10 or 11 rounds, had a fouling Judah not low-balled Floyd and hung around. But in that victory over Judah- we saw something.
Judah should've been credited for a knockdown, and was on even terms with Floyd after six rounds before things started turning. Judah was a notch below Cotto (who destroyed him), Mosley, Paul Williams, and Antonio Margarito.
After seeing Luis Collazo basically beat natural 140lb Ricky Hatton at 147, Floyd decides to avoid the fighters above. He beats Hatton in Dec. 2007, retires, and upon his return- gets natural 135lb Juan Manuel Marquez in September 2009 at 144lbs while cheating him on the scales.
He uses that time to get a true 147lb elite in the aging Mosley in May 2010. That gap he had allowed him to be the fighter he is today. I'm gonna put the latest version of Mayweather in there with the menacing, and dirty bastard edition of Margarito that doomed Cotto.
The 2013 copy of Mayweather is far more advanced and stronger than his 2008 self would've been. He may have beaten Margarito, but he would've taken a beating in the process. This Mayweather does too- but he dishes out soooo much more.
And he can take it.
Think of Floyd as cleaning parts for a floor. He's the bucket, the hot water, the soap and the mop. Margarito's the floor- but he's also a dirty pair of shoes. Floyd mops the floor with Margarito, but no matter what he does- the floor stays dirty. Mayweather by a wide UD.
These two know each other well, having had the chance to size up what one presents to the other in a few sparring sessions. All credible reports seem to suggest that it was Alvarez who got the better of "GGG". But while it matters- it doesn't, it’s like playing poker with an open hand.
In a real game of high stakes their skills would mesh well, for they are dexterous at what they do and how they go about doing it. But chances are, "GGG" saw a little more of what Canelo was all about while engaging his younger contemporary.
More than likely, he was conditioning and exercising gamesmanship. Canelo never saw "The Beast".
Gennady Gennadyvich Golovkin is a study of brutal efficiency and comprehensive aggression. He is a soviet styled fighter with a Mexican mentality and posseses the heaviest fists in all of boxing. He fights somewhat "tall", sees punches very well, along with what he needs to do- to hurt you.
In a hurry.
"GGG", under the tutelage of Abel Sanchez, has become a hybrid Julio Cesar Chavez/Kostya Tszyu. Every punch he throws is punishing, as he makes opponents feel like sand slipping through the hourglass until they run out of time.
Paired with Alvarez, I see this fight as maybe what Chavez vs. Cotto would've looked like. Miguel, the better boxer, would chip Chavez with precision shots, and get the better of Julio for awhile. But Chavez would eventually start doing too much damage with his deadly closing game.
Chavez would put a malicious beating on Cotto, and towels would fly everywhere in the 9th round.
Alvarez is far better than Miguel at 23, and certainly has more will and overall toughness. "GGG" does not stop him; in fact he survives a few rough moments, while getting a workman-like and gritty UD win.
After the fight, "The Beast" tells Max Kellerman he's considered the shadow of Mayweather, and wants him to step into his darkness. While Alvarez is taunted by Adrien Broner at ringside...
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