I said He’d never take this fight and now I’m eating my words. So, Floyd Mayweather has given the fans what they want and picked Saul Canelo Alvarez as his next opponent set to take place on Sept 14th.
I can’t wait for this fight. As far as I’m concerned, this is the first time since De La Hoya (pictured far right) back in 2007 that Mayweather is facing someone with a legitimate chance of winning. Alvarez is a seriously live underdog.
Alvarez’s biggest flaw is his defence, which opens him up for Mayweather to land at will and out score him. But, Alvarez is a big, durable light-middleweight and he showed a lot of head movement in his last fight against Austin Trout, proving that he’s been working on his defence.
The Mayweather Puzzle
Nobody seems to have come close to solving boxing’s trickiest puzzle. When it comes to pure disciplined boxers such as Floyd Mayweather, there are pro’s and there are con’s…
Pro: No one is going to get into his head. He’s always going to fight his fight, not yours.
Con: When someone sticks to a specific style it can make them somewhat predictable.
Mayweather’s counterpunch is masterful. He measures his opponent’s range and weaves back just enough to avoid the jab, and as soon as the opponent’s arm is fully extended, he fires a straight right as the opponent is pulling his hand back to defend his face – so the timing combined with Floyd’s speed means he will land the right hand over the top of their defending hand almost every time. It’s a beautiful technique that relies on good rhythm.
The way to beat someone like Floyd Mayweather is to look for habits. Not mistakes, but habits. Mayweather uses the Philly shell defence, so his left shoulder is raised to protect the chin, while his right hand is raised to protect the right side of his face. Also, he stands side on to make himself a smaller target and his left shoulder is facing his opponent. Watch what happens when Mayweather’s opponent cuts off the ring. He will always move to his right to get out of a corner. This opens him up for a left uppercut… if you can time it.
It’s a well known fact that Mayweather is a counter-puncher and an excellent one at that. When fighting a quick counter-puncher, it’s no good throwing single punches. You have to double up on the jab, throw combinations and use your feet to stay out of the pocket. But it’s easily said than done. Alvarez is a combination puncher so he could be the man for the job. I guess we’ll have to see come Sept 14th.