COMMENTARY | Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) suffered his first defeat as a professional boxer when he faced Floyd Mayweather (45-0-0, 26 KOs) on Sept. 14, a loss that likely won't mean much down the road given the fact there's no shame in losing to boxing's pound-for-pound king.
Eager to get back on the winning side of things, Alvarez' handlers are already contemplating the red-headed boxer's next opponent, and they like the idea of a bout against Miguel Cotto.
It's a good fight for Canelo, considering the fact it gives the 23-year-old an opportunity to rebound from his loss to Mayweather with a win against a well-recognized opponent, plus, the matchup favors Alvarez on paper. Cotto struggled during his tilt against both men's shared opponent, Austin Trout, losing via unanimous decision, while Alvarez handed "No Doubt" his first professional loss, winning via unanimous decision in April.
Alvarez even sent Trout to the canvas for the first time in his career during the seventh round of their tilt.
Floyd's uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather, also thinks it's a good matchup for Alvarez.
"I think it would be a good fight, but I think Canelo would beat him though," Roger said during a conversation with Chris Robinson. "Canelo ain't a bad fighter, but he couldn't [expletive] with Floyd. Floyd's too smart for him. That's why, when Floyd fought him, he made it look easy. He made the fight look easy. … I think He'll [Canelo] will beat him easy… He's more physical and Cotto ain't no hell of a boxer. Floyd made it look easy because Floyd boxed. Floyd outthinked [him], he countered him. Cotto ain't got that. … Styles make fights."
Cotto is set to fight Delvin Rodriguez at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 5, and he's back to working with Top Rank Promotions -- who typically don't work with Alvarez' handlers, Golden Boy Promotions. Negotiating a fight between the two will likely be a challenging process even though both men have showed interest in fighting one another in the past.
Still, it's always fun to talk about potential matchups.
While Alvarez seems like the better fighter based on their shared performances against Trout, most would agree that Cotto put on the better show against another shared opponent, Floyd Mayweather.
However, it's hard to judge a boxer's abilities based on a performance against Mayweather given the fact Floyd rarely ever follows the same gameplan twice.
Against Cotto, Floyd shied away from his normally defense-heavy style, electing, instead, to trade blows with his opponent. That led to an entertaining 12-rounder and a bloody nose for Mayweather -- who typically doesn't get hit in the head much during his fights.
When Mayweather fought Alvarez, he fought like the best boxer of his generation. It seemed like Floyd changed his stance a hundred times per round during the fight, pressing the pace one second, dropping his hands the other, using more of a classic Philly Shell defense with only one hand down, then changing back to a textbook stance with both hands up.
It was the perfect gameplan to use against an opponent with limited exposure to elite level opponents, and Mayweather executed it flawlessly against Canelo.
Roger's assessment that Cotto will likely have a hard time neutralizing Canelo's offense is right on point since he likely won't be able to throw Alvarez off his gameplan by bombarding him with different looks, so it's safe to say smart money will be on Alvarez if the two end up crossing paths.
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