This time our fantasy series puts both Floyd and Canelo on a different mission of intrigue. Nearing the final stages of preparation for each other, now we must know just how they might fare in part [IV] of their test with history. They have been commissioned and assigned to deal with two different types of unique challenges and have been given their case files.
Opening up his envelope, Saul Canelo Alvarez discovers he has been assigned Pernell Whitaker. While Floyd Mayweather, with head phones on complete with a pair of shades and a watch that can blind you, finds out he has to deal with Terry Norris.
First up: Canelo.
Pernell Whitaker is the slickest southpaw in the history of the sport and he is a defensive savant. He possesses the best right jab of all-time, and almost exclusively moves to his right. He's perhaps a top 3 pure boxer of all-time, and is nothing short of a matrix to deal with in the ring. He maintains a great posture; with smooth, flat-footed feet, although he is fleet afoot. He also has great spring in his knees and legs, which allows him to present different dimensions directly in front of you.
Not a big puncher- but he's crisp and sharp, with a well rounded arsenal. He does not run from you at all. At his zenith, you can't hit him with a bag of rice if you cut it open and threw the whole damn thing at him. He can be caught with singular shots on occasion, but he's almost impossible to hit with a combination. His weakness is hubris and arrogance.
In March of 1995, a 31-year-old Whitaker faces fellow southpaw and Argentinean WBA Super welterweight champion, Julio Cesar Vasquez. Vasquez is 53-1 at the time, and is a dangerous and powerful fighter who has soundly beaten Ronald "Winky" Wright not long before this. This is the version of Whitaker that Canelo has been assigned. He weighed in a little over 153lbs, and is 155lbs on fight night.
Whitaker has no regard for Alvarez whatsoever. That is- until he's deposited on the canvas about 2 minutes into the fight. He's been caught with a spectacular right hand which surprises and irritates him at the same time. The early going would be rough for Pernell, because of the Mexican's heavy-handed nature and underrated boxing ability. He's also hurting Whitaker to the body, and is walking him down.
After about 8 rounds- Alvarez is winning this fight, while using his size and physical strength to overwhelm Whitaker.
But "Pete" (or "Sweet Pea" as he's referred to), would gradually start dealing to Canelo, offering him a mesmerizing blend of speed, accuracy, ring generalship and serious sharpness. The right jab would strike often and so would the straight left, as Canelo is now missing over the top with his left hooks and straight rights.
Whitaker is a master at taking something away from you, and Canelo's left would just disappear. Though busted up and cut above the right eye, Whitaker appears to have edged Alvarez after 12 rounds, but loses a hotly contested Split Decision.
Next up: Floyd.
Terry Norris is an ultra-aggressive/savage puncher who comes out to fight as if possessed by a demon. He is a very well conditioned athlete, and has been guided well by future "GGG" maestro Abel Sanchez. He reminds you of a 154lb version of Clubber Lang, and his only objective is to attack. He takes nothing off of any punch, has great balance and coordination, a solid technique and punch variety.
In February of 1991, the 23 year-old WBC Super welterweight champion Norris, put a sustained beating on ring legend Sugar Ray Leonard. He mauled Ray, and had him down in rounds 2 and 7. Only Leonard's experience and extreme savvy allowed him to survive Norris on this night. It is this Terry Norris that Mayweather must face.
Can Norris solve the defensive hieroglyph that is Mayweather? Well let's find out.
This is an "EXTREMELY" dangerous match-up for Floyd. One of the worst possible match-ups he can have. Floyd wants time to examine you. But Norris, a notoriously fast starter, would not allow it. He would present Floyd with 3x's the pressure that Ricky Hatton did, while being bigger and stronger.
He would also make it difficult for Floyd to tie him up, he would foul, and his irascible nature would extend after the bell. His volatile attack would leave Floyd reeling under a torrent of pressure, as he drops Mayweather in the 4th round. Shaken- but hardly stirred, Floyd starts to go James Bond on Norris.
It is no secret that "Money" is hard to hit. But what is, is how he's going to adjust to you if you start to de-code him. His supreme conditioning has allowed him to get past this onslaught, and in the 6th, he starts demanding Norris to calm the *&^% down with a series of punishing right hands.
Things go progressively downhill for Norris after this, as a bruised, bleeding and payback-minded Mayweather unleashes a merciless barrage of punches in the 7th and 8th. He solves Norris entirely in the 9th, exploding a wicked right hand off of his temple, followed by a left hook and another right hand, before Mills Lane has seen enough. Floyd Mayweather gets an epic 9th round TKO win over Terry Norris.
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