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Monday, September 16, 2013

The Unsolved Puzzle: The expectation versus the outcome of Mayweather–Alvarez fight

I put myself into the casual boxing fans shoes, before the fight between undefeated boxing pound-for-pound kingpin, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Transnational Boxing Ranking Board [TBRB] number two), and Mexico’s best, TBRB number one, also undefeated Saul Canelo Alvarez in the junior middleweight division. I put it by expecting these scenarios that:

1. Saul Alvarez will give one hell of a fight to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Although I predicted that Mayweather will win this fight, which he did. But as a “casual fan” I am expecting that at least, Mayweather will be bruised, as much or even more by Alvarez, than what Miguel Cotto did. Alvarez was the bigger and younger man. But he was not able to utilize his size advantage.

Mayweather vs. Guerrero

2. “The One” will be more entertaining to watch than Mayweather vs. Guerrero.
The casual fans were disappointed here—not if you are rooting for Mayweather. But overall, for the casual fans, the fight may have no difference at all, if you are going to compare it to Mayweather-Guerrero. Yes it is majority decision on paper because of Judge C.J. Ross eyesight (I’m very curious about how C.J. Ross saw it a draw). And only if I have the chance to ask her why; I would love to hear her explanation right away. But the fight is a UD—no brainer, for Mayweather

3. This fight will be as competitive as Mayweather-Castillo I.
I’m sorry, but I did not see any explosiveness from the part of Alvarez. It seems he was very heavy that night. He trembled twice in the beginning not that by a punch but by his own action. It seems that his legs were not able to hold his upper body weight. If the game plan was to outbox Mayweather in the first half—this is not a good idea anyway. He should have executed for a plan B. Rough housing would be a good one, (Ortiz have a good chance using this technique but was KO’d by a cheap shot) utilizing his power and size advantage.

With the above being said, as the expected scenarios by casual fans, I think, nothing close happened from the outcome on Saturday night at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada except C.J. Ross scorecard. Her card reads: 114-114 a draw.  Making the obvious and should be unanimous decision in favor of Mayweather.

The blueprint to defeat Floyd Mayweather Jr. continues to be a mystery. Now, 45 have tried and 45 have failed. This number now included Saul Canelo Alvarez. The red-headed young gun from Mexico tasted his first defeat and will be out forever in my undefeated boxers list. Mayweather at 36 is still at the top of his game and showed once again to the world why he is still the number one. Yes he is "The One" in boxing before he even fought Alvarez and just proved it once more.

“Easy work baby… easy work” as what Floyd and his team use to say. Indeed an easy work for an expected 100 million dollar payday.

Although for the casual fans, Saturday night’s outcome was no difference from the previous UD wins of Mayweather but for the trained eye and hard core fans, it is yet another brilliant—not boring, performance by the boxing cash-cow Money Mayweather.

In fairness to Alvarez, although, I think it is impossible to outbox Mayweather but the Mexican star was able to land good shots especially to the body while trying to fight Money May from the distance. It is just that he was not fast enough to catch more on Mayweather. Now, I really believed that the quickness of Pacquiao might be the key to beat Mayweather if they ever meet in the ring. But when? God knows.

What do you think is the difference between Mayweather-Guerrero and Mayweather-Alvarez? Is it only the hype? Say something below!

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