COMMENTARY | One way or another, history will be made on September 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas when the undefeated and seemingly unbeatable Floyd Mayweather meets the undefeated 23-year-old dynamo, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
It'll be a night of rude awakenings for one of these main stage fighters. One will have to leave the arena no longer undefeated and no longer in possession of a world junior middleweight title.
There's no doubt that the red-headed Mexican wunderkind from Guadalajara, Jalisco plans on keeping his own WBC belt while adding Mayweather's portion of the WBA title to the other portion he took when he beat Austin Trout in April.
Like most opponents signed to face Mayweather, Alvarez has been talking big and appears confident that he has what it takes to humble the five-division world titlist. But unlike fighters such as Victor Ortiz and Robert Guerrero, this young star may have some bite behind his bark.
"It's going to be a great night for us," Alvarez told Yahoo Deportes. "The people won't believe it and we won't even know what to do in that moment. It'll take a while for us to realize [what we did]. But before thinking about that, we have to make a good training camp [and] develop a good strategy and win; [Mayweather] is a complex rival, but we know how to fight him."
This is clearly a young man who has visualized a path to victory and, based on everything we know about "Canelo," it would be a mistake to underestimate his ability to make good on every promise he makes and fulfill every dream he's imagined in his head.
Alvarez is a kid who, at 17, had already amassed a small boxing empire and was making cold, calculated plans about his future as a worldwide superstar.
A farm boy from just outside the big city of Guadalajara, he built himself up from nothing, evolving from a local attraction to a national star within just a couple of years of turning pro as a 15-year-old red-haired and freckled oddity. Alvarez's rise to fame came even faster than Mexican rival, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who benefitted greatly from a famous last name and plenty of professional connections.
In the ring, as well as in life, Alvarez has shown an innate ability to handle what's thrown at him, adapt appropriately, and eventually conquer. This ability to roll with the punches has made Alvarez a man before his time and an almost superhumanly confident 23-year-old who not only wants challenges, but realizes that he needs them in order to get to where he thinks he belongs.
"I know I need to give more [in the ring], but it's these types of fights that bring out the best in me," Alvarez continued. "I know that the better my opponent is, the better I will be because he's going to bring out all of my potential. Obviously, I'm in a good frame of mind and I'm ready to beat Floyd Mayweather."
In the lead-up to this fight, a lot has been said about the effects of the 152 lb. catchweight clause and the massive gap in experience and overall skill between Mayweather and his younger rival. And while these are real issues that could very well be the deciding factors in the outcome of the bout, the biggest factor in Mayweather-Alvarez may be an intangible one--- Alvarez's ability to once again prove that his confidence and unending belief in himself can lead to defying all odds en route to victory. This secret weapon has made Canelo a winner in life and it could also make him a winner on September 14.
"It's going to seem like forever until the day of the fight arrives, but in the meantime, I'm working with a lot of enthusiasm and dedication," Alvarez assured. "I'm very happy because this is something I've wanted for years now and I think it's coming at the perfect time."
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and as Editor-in-Chief of The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing. For breaking news, additional analysis, and assorted crazy commentary, follow him on Facebook, @TheBoxingTribune or on Twitter, @BoxingBTBC.
Source: Yahoo Deportes
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