Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is still a pup in the professional boxing world in terms of age. At 21, he's at the age where most pros are just beginning.
Alvarez, though, is 39-0-1 with 29 knockouts and already holds the World Boxing Council super welterweight title. It can be a lot for a young man to handle the demands of being a champion at such a young age, but Alvarez has adapted well.
He's so confident that he was picking apart the way that Manny Pacquiao, the second-ranked fighter in the current Yahoo! Sports boxing rankings, dealt with Shane Mosley. Mosley was a shell of his former self against Pacquiao, but the Pacman was unable to finish him and went on to win an unsatisfying decision last May.
Alvarez will Mosley on May 5 underneath the Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto fight at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. He said if he gets Mosley hurt, it will be curtains for the Sugar Man.
Obviously, I'm going to apply pressure. Pacquiao didn't close exits. I'm preparing with fighters who are faster than Shane, and I am going to close those exits when we meet. We're doing a lot of work concerning speed. Shane is fast and he's an accomplished counter puncher. We're working on all of this.
Pacquiao is one of the best finishers in the game, and he couldn't finish Mosley. Nor could Mayweather, who in May 2010 won 11 of 12 rounds but was unable to get the stoppage.
Clearly, Mosley isn't the fighter he once was, and Alvarez figures to win the fight handily. But it seems just a bit cocky to be critiquing someone with Pacquiao's resume.
Alvarez nearly got the May 5 fight against Mayweather, but talks broke down over money. He needs to look good against Mosley, who is coming off three dreadful performances in a row. Between his flops against Pacquiao and Mayweather, Mosley looked finished in a bout against Sergio Mora, fighting to a split draw.
Alvarez is one of the game's rising stars, but he's going to need to throttle Mosley the way that Pacquiao and Mayweather did in order to be considered as a legitimate option for either of them.