“The One” PPV boxing card on September 14 headlined by Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez has people asking a lot of questions about the fighters involved. People question Canelo’s level of ability, Danny Garcia’s chin, if Ishe Smith can handle a tough Carlos Molina and all the questions may answered during card but, maybe not. However, there are questions that will be answered regardless of the how the fights play out.
1. Is Ishe Smith worthy of holding a belt?
Ishe Smith outpointed Cornelius “k9” Bundrage back in February to win a version of the 154lb title but, did so against an aging Bundrage who, while on a good winning streak, had seen better days in boxing. Carlos Molina, Ishe’s opponent, is a very tough fighter who got the wrong end of a bad decision against Erislandy Lara and was probably winning his fight with James Kirkland before a bizarre DQ ended that one, so Smith being competitive with Molina even in a loss will show that his title win had more to do with him and less with the level of Bundrage.
2. Is Lucas Matthysse the Juggernaut people think he is?
Lucas Matthysse takes on Danny Garcia in the main undercard bout on the PPV to be the recognized champ at light welterweight. Danny Garcia for all he and his dad talk about how they are underrated does not have a terribly impressive record. Wins against an old Eric Morales and a KO over Amir Kahn which, to be fair, was the result of a blind haymaker landed on Kahn so the imperative is really on Matthysse to impress in this fight. If Matthysse comes out and can’t find a rhythm and does not make Garcia feel his power but somehow still wins a decision that would be a step back for the Matthysse hype machine that has been rolling along.
3. Is Canelo Alvarez a true elite level fighter or a product of a padded record?
Alvarez has everything to prove in the main event as Mayweather is a giant leap up in class. Alvarez’ best win to date is Austin Trout whose best win was a close decision vs. Miguel Cotto who Mayweather beat without too much trouble. Despite the hype machine that Golden Boy Promotions, Alvarez’ promoter, is spinning there is a real chance that Alvarez comes in and gets embarrassed in there vs. the faster and more experienced Mayweather and for Alvarez to compete and be in the fight all the way till the end will do just as much for him and his career as any other win he will get.