|Superfight Watch: Floyd Mayweather Eyes Canelo Showdown
By SecondsOut on Doghouse Boxing (Sept 1, 2013)
Photo © Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME
By Alex Caveda. With just two weeks to go before the biggest fight of
the year, the Maywether and Alvarez training camps are moving up through
the gears. The September 14th showdown between Floyd “Money”
Mayweather, and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for the WBC light middleweight.
Title in Las Vegas might just break all records as the highest grossing
fight outside of the heavyweight division.
This would not be surprising, considering that it pits the biggest
draw in American boxing, Mayweather, against Alvarez, the biggest draw
in Mexican boxing. For Alvarez this is his first Pay-Per-View
mega-event. At just 23 years old the unbeaten Mexican superstar has
tasted plenty of success thus far, and is coming off his biggest win
this past April,out-pointing Austin Trout. There is of course also the
sub-plot of Alvarez being promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s “Golden Boy
Promotions”, and with De La Hoya a former Mayweather victim, Alvarez
could avenge his promoter’s honor.
Being that Alvarez has not fought at this level before, it is
impossible to know exactly what he is thinking, although to his credit
he seems composed, and eager for action come September 14th.
On the other hand, Mayweather has been involved in major events for
over a decade now. Since his 1998 win over Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez
for the WBC 130lb. title, Mayweather has seen nothing but big fights,
and a long streak success in the ring. While it is remarkable that
Mayweather has remained at the top level for 15 years, it is even more
remarkable when you consider that save for two bouts (2002 with Jose
Luis Castillo, and 2007 with De La Hoya, both decision wins for
Mayweather), none of “Money’s” bouts in that long stretch have even
been all that competitive. It has been a rare event that Mayweather
even loses a round during a fight, which adds to the aura of his
Earlier this year Mayweather made a young, world-class boxer, Robert
“The Ghost” Guerrero, look very ordinary . With his speed, and timing
Mayweather makes boxing at the elite level look easy. Clearly, to
maintain this level of success, Mayweather has to have a great degree of
focus when entering the ring. This writer had the pleasure of watching
Mayweather train at the Mayweather Boxing Club earlier this week.
As usual, the media circus surrounding a major boxing event, is
already palpable for the Mayweather-Alvarez fight. In training
Mayweather seemed almost nonchalant, as if he was oblivious to the many
eyes, and cameras surrounding his workout this past Wednesday. As has
become the pattern of late, Mayweather began his workout later in the
day than expected, but when he did finally emerge, he was the picture of
concentration. After working out on the pads, “Money” began to work
out on the heavy bag. There was no public sparring during Wednesday’s
training camp. During his workout Mayweather appeared very relaxed, and
even appeared to be chewing something (perhaps gum) during the workout.
Throughout “Money” was watched closely by his father and trainer
Floyd Mayweather Snr. What struck me was the strong bond between
Mayweather, and his father. It was an unspoken bond between two men
that know the sport of boxing, and know that once again it is time to do
the business. Both father, and son had facial expressions that showed
focus, but absolutely no visible signs of worry ahead of the big event.
The Mayweather heavy bag workout consisted of a marathon 10-minute
“round” (rounds are normally 3 minutes), where Mayweather appeared to be
working on his stamina, and body punching. While a heavy bag is not an
opponent, there were three things that were impressive about Floyd’s
display. Firstly, his calm composure, and secondly, the fact that he was
busy throughout the 10 minutes. However, the third, and most
impressive thing to me was Mayweather’s focus on digging body punches.
As Alvarez is a noted body puncher, Mayweather appears to be refining
his own body attack in these final weeks of preparation, and he mixed in
the body shots well during this workout. While it is impossible to
tell what will happen when the bell rings, I would not be surprised if
the early rounds of Mayweather-Alvarez became a battle of body punches.
After all, the man with the better body attack will have a major
advantage should the bout go into the latter rounds.
The general idea I get is that Mayweather will be ready when September 14th arrives. At age 36, Mayweather has remained unbeaten to this point, and
he has shown no signs of slowing down during his training camp. We are
now just two weeks away from the biggest boxing event of 2013. The media
circus rolls on, but both men know that they must be ready for battle.
Fight fans will tune in to see if this is the dawn of a new era in
boxing, or if Mayweather will add to his already remarkable ledger.
When that first bell rings the questions boxing fans have about the man
they call “Money”, and the man they call “Canelo” will be answered.
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