Mendoza: If another bore hits us, why it’s Mayweather-A A +A
Saturday, September 14, 2013
THE fight tomorrow between American Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez might not enrich boxing lore at all.
Thus, if Mayweather wins, it won’t make any impact on the sport. It will just validate his long established stature: The best boring boxer of his era.
In the first place, he fights to win only by running. And his speed, despite his legs of 36 years, will, most likely, regretfully render Alvarez a virtual chaser.
In the second place, he runs to win and hates a rumble to extract a triumph. He will just resort to hit and run tactic. He will only go for the kill if his foe suddenly, carelessly, drops his guard down, as in the Mayweather-Ortiz fight when he hit an undefended Ortiz, hands lowered down, for a dubious knockout.
Nothing of that sort happened in his fight with Robert Guerrero in May, when Mayweather waltzed to a sleeper—a unanimous decision victory bereft of thrill and spill.
It was the first in Mayweather’s six-bout, 30-month contract with Showtime worth more than $200 million.
Against Alvarez, Mayweather is guaranteed a purse record of $41 million, $9 million more than he pocketed in the Guerrero fight.
Mayweather has become so rich that Forbes Magazine has listed him the highest-paid athlete this year.
The protagonists’ unbeaten records will help sell the fight.
Mayweather’s 44-0 record is inspiring, but so does Alvarez’s immaculate 42-0 mark even as the Mexican is only 23 years old.
Mayweather is not treating Alvarez lightly.
“I am not overlooking this guy,” said Mayweather of Alvarez. “In Mexico, he is a young rock star and everybody that they put in front of him, he was able to go out there and do his job.”
Alvarez has knocked out 30 of his 43 opponents, with just one stealing a draw.
Mayweather has 26 KOs and the last time he stopped an opponent was two years ago. And that was the infamous stoppage of Ortiz.
Alvarez is staking his two 152-lb world titles and Mayweather usually fights at 147 pounds.
“I will push myself to the limit here,” said Mayweather.
He also loves to lie, you know.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 14, 2013.