Floyd Mayweather Jr. picks WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be fought at a catch-weight of 152 lbs. Mayweather is giving Canelo an extra 1.5 lbs. Good job Mayweather for agreeing to take the fight. He probably didn’t want to face a ton of criticism by his loyal boxing fans that he’s ducking the 22-year-old Canelo, even if he has the perfect right to choose not to fight the light heavyweight-sized Canelo.
Who would blame Mayweather for not wanting to fight a guy that weighed in at 172 lbs in his last fight like Canelo did recently? Mayweather weighed only 146 the night of his last fight on May 4th against Robert Guerrero. That’s a 26 pound weight difference between Mayweather and Canelo. Mayweather is showing a lot of courage to fight a guy that should be fighting at middleweight or better yet, light heavyweight.
I like Mayweather’s chances against normal-sized junior middleweights, but Canelo is more like a light heavyweight/super middleweight that is able to drain down to 154 [junior middleweight] and use that extra size after he rehydrates to crush his lighter opponents. If Canelo comes into the fight weighing over 170 on September 14th, he’s going to be awfully hard for Mayweather to beat. Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez tickets are not available for purchase online.