Weights: Mayweather vs. Canelo & Matthysse vs. Garcia

004MayweathervsCaneloIMG_6692Photos by E. Lin and Tom Casino / Showtime — Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) looked like a winner already today in Friday’s big weigh-in for his bout with WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) on Saturday night on Showtime pay-per-view in Las Vegas, Nevada. Standing in front of a huge 12,200 crowd at the MGM Grand, Mayweather weighed in at 150.5 lbs. to come in at 1.5 pounds under the 152 lb. catch-weight limit.

Canelo looked really thin in weighing in at 152 lbs. Canelo immediately sat down when he first came out, and it almost looked like he was too weak to stand. I thought to myself that maybe the huge amount of water weight that Canelo had taken off had left him so weak that he needed to sit down. It was kind of sad to see because in that moment I realized that Canelo doesn’;t have a chance in a million to win this fight. Canelo is just going to be another Mayweather victim, and suspect he won’t even do as good as Mayweather’s last two opponents Robert Guerrero and Miguel Cotto.

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Mayweather: Canelo’s 42-0, but he hasn’t faced 42 Floyd Mayweathers

Mayweather and Canelo(Photo credit: Esther Lin/Showtime) Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) isn’t shy about voicing his opinions about his opponent WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) having a resume filled with pretty much all fluff opponents with the exception of Austin Trout.

Mayweather Jr. thinks Canelo wouldn’t have won one fight if all of his previous bouts had been against him instead of guys like Alfonso Gomez, Kermit Cintron and Matthew Hatton.

Mayweather said “He’s [Canelo] 42-0, but he hasn’t faced 42 Floyd Mayweathers because he’d be 0-42. I’m at the pinnacle. I’m the face of boxing and I’m dedicated to my craft.”

I think Mayweather Jr. may be right. It’s difficult to picture Canelo winning one fight if all of his fights were against Mayweather. There definitely is a lot of weak opposition that Golden Boy Promotions has matched Canelo up against for some reason.

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Andre Ward picks Mayweather to beat Canelo

ward23WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward doesn’t see any way for the WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr/. (44-0, 26 KO’s) this Saturday night other than maybe getting lucky by landing a big shot that knocks out Mayweather. Ward doesn’t think that there’s any possibility that Canelo can out-box the much faster and much better skilled Mayweather Jr. over 12 rounds.

Ward also thinks that the weight that the 170+ Canelo will be taking off to get down to the 152 lb. catch-weight could lead to Canelo running out of gas in the later rounds of the fight.

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Canelo weighs in at 157.4 lbs; 5.4 pounds over the 152 lb. limit

A painfully thin WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) weighed in on Friday in the WBC mandated 7-day weigh-in for his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44, 26 KO’s) on September 14th, and not surprisingly Canelo is still over the catch-weight limit of 152 pounds.

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Mayweather Jr. to get career high payday of $41.5 million for Canelo fight

may5552Floyd Mayweather Jr. is fixing to get the biggest payday of his career against the red-haired Mexican fighter Saul “Canelo Alvarez on September 14th. Mayweather will be collecting $41.5 million bucks in the fight, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer. There’s also a chance that Mayweather could make even more than that figure if the Mayweather-Canelo fight breaks the all-time PPV mark. I don’t think it will, but there’s a chance.

Canelo is said to be making over $10 million for the fight, according to Dan Rafael. That’s pretty good money for a fighter that has never really fought anyone good during his career other than Austin Trout. Canelo is more famous for being famous than for having accomplished anything special during his career.

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Mayweather calls Canelo “Chucky” and “Carrot top”

canelo333Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s) seemed to get confused about the name of his opponent Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) during ALL ACCESS Mayweather vs. Canelo episode 2, saying “I’m fighting Dennis the Menace, I mean, Carrot top, I mean, Chucky.”

Mayweather also spoke on the weak opposition that Canelo has been matched up against by his promoters at Golden Boy in saying “I’ve faced real opponents. It’s not his [Canelo] fault. His job was to beat anyone that they put in front of him. When I think of my career and Canelo’s career, tell me 10 you have beat out of 42 fights; just 10. I have more than 20.”

Mayweather Jr. does have a point in commenting on Canelo’s weak resume. The red-haired Mexican fighter has had essentially the same amount of fights as Mayweather, yet Canelo’s opposition has been much weaker. Canelo’s has faced the likes of Carlos Baldomir, Lovemore N’Dou, Kermit Cintron, Ryan Rhodes, Shane Mosley, Alfonso Gomez, Austin Trout, Matthew Hatton, and a lot of fighters that fans have never even heard of.

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Canelo brags about how his sparring partners can’t keep up

canelo444It was kind of sad to see WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) reduced to bragging about dominating unknown sparring partners on SHOWTIME’S ALL ACCESS Mayweather vs. Canelo. Instead of realizing that he’s sparring guys that are not even remotely as good as Maywether, Canelo chose to pat himself on the back by pointing out that some of his sparring partners are unable to handle the punishment they’re taking in training camp with him.

Canelo said “It’s the word. It’s the work. It’s the way that we train. They can’t keep up. They can’t keep up with the work. They get hurt, and that’s why they leave.”

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Donaire-Darchinyan on November 9th in triple-header on HBO

donaire012Guillermo Rigondeaux may not be back on HBO, but the guys that he easily beat Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s) is in what will likely be a mismatch against 37-year-old past his prime Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KO’s0 on November 9th in a triple-header in Texas. Top Rank, the promoters for the show, will also have Mikey Garcia moving up in weight to face WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez, and junior middleweights Vanes Martirosyan vs. Demetrius Andrade.

In other words, we’re looking at two mismatches – Donaire-Darchinyan and Garcia-Martinez – and one competitive fight on paper between Andrade and Martirosyan. I’m not sure if this is a really great card to be honest. I like Garcia, but I don’t like him fighting a paper champion. I’d rather see Garcia fight Jhonny Gonzalez or Abner Mares.

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