Mayweather Beats Canelo, Hands Down

Bet on Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez

By A. Scott Walton Executive Editor & Titus Falodun Staff Writer (Canelo) | 7/3/2013, 6 a.m.
He may posture himself as boxing’s answer to the Jay-Z, but deep in the heart of Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. ...
"The One" PPV Press Tour stopped by Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park on June 27, 2013, as Floyd Mayweather and Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez are scheduled to square off on September 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

He may posture himself as boxing’s answer to the Jay-Z, but deep in the heart of Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. beats the persistent, snarling rhythm of the saxophonist John Handy.

Dating back to the months when I followed Mayweather and the rest of what became the 1996 U.S. Olympic Boxing team – from Oakland to Colorado Springs to Augusta to Atlanta -- he was the one who most exuded natural talent and defined the hungry, “Hard Work” ethic his teammates could only imitate.

Picking Mayweather (44-0, 26 KO’s as a professional)to outshine Canelo Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) on September 14is a no-brainer. I’ve seen how Mayweather reacts to a loss – just once in the gold medal round of the ’96 Games, when he was robbed by the judges and forced to tearfully swallow third place on the podium. In the 18 years since then, no one younger (like Canelo), bigger (like Canelo) or more aggressive (like Canelo) has caused Mayweather to shed a tear of regret.

A healthy contingent of Atlanta’s Mexican community stood for hours in sweltering heat to welcome Canelo – who looks more like Ricky Martin than Rocky Balboa – at a pre-fight hype event held recently at Centennial Olympic Park. His red carpet arrival was accompanied by joyous Mariachi music.

After the bout on September 14, they’ll be playing a Mexican funeral dirge in memory of Canelo’s once-stellar career.

Bet on Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez

By Titus Falodun Staff Writer

If you are hoping to see the self-proclaimed “Pretty Boy”, Floyd Mayweather, maintain his unblemished championship status, then 22-year-old Mexico native Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez is going to spoil your Pay-Per-View experience come September 14.

Yeah, Canelo may not have top-level experience, speed, or footwork, but his pure brute force and guile will put him in prime position to do what many have said is impossible.

Even Mayweather knows Canelo packs heavy weight behind those 10-ounce gloves. And just in case he forgets, you can expect Mayweather to become one with the canvas – a la Manny Pacquiao in his crushing defeat at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez. Champs need naps too; especially when they sleep on their opponents.

Austin Trout learned the hard way what underestimating Canelo does to you. Following his unanimous decision loss to Canelo in April, Trout stated he had trained for a completely different type of fighter.

Hopefully, Mayweather has the most up-to-date tapes on the Mexican phenom. Otherwise, Canelo will be “The One” and only undefeated and undisputed light-middleweight champion.