On March 1st of 2012, I was living on Sycamore Avenue in Hollywood, California. One of my favorite places in the world, Graumann’s Chinese Theatre, was just two blocks away down Hollywood Boulevard, and I heard that a new spectacle would be showing: a boxing press conference. Sounds fun, right? 50 Cent on stage at Graumann’s Chinese Theatre will never happen again, EVER, and I was there. “Daddy, tell us the Fitty Cent story again!”
The event was held to hype up the latest Golden Boy promotion, which had Floyd Mayweather Jr. facing Miguel Cotto, and boxing legend Sugar Shane Moseley facing off against Canelo Alvarez. Like the majority of boxing press conferences, it was a circus, but I wasn’t expecting anything less. I’ve been following boxing since the late 80s when my brother and I would put on our Sugar Ray Leonard gloves and duke it out in the back yard. My weight and age were problematic for me back then, but I made up for it with craft and technique aka right hook to the chin when my bro turned away. Remember when Mayweather tricked Victor Ortiz?
My favorite boxer during my Hollywood years of 2006-2012 was Manny Pacquiao. The middleweight champ trained nearby at Wild Card gym and I would often visit before each title defense as he trained with Freddie Roach. When I walked into the Chinese Theatre last year there was one person missing. PacMan. I wanted to see a Mayweather/Pacquiao fight as much as anybody, but if that couldn’t happen, then I wanted to see Floyd battle it out against Canelo Alvarez. This boxing cluster became an even bigger mess when Pacquiao was defeated by Timothy Bradley months later (I was in the southern Italian countryside at the time with no internet or television). “Manny What? Timmy Who? Manny what.”
On Saturday night Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO) will have the task of defeating arguably the most popular star in the sport of boxing, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO). This is the fight I have been waiting for. I haven’t been so pumped up for a boxing match since the late Arturo Gatti took on Mickey Ward in three epic battles ten years ago. You may already know the name of Canelo Alvarez, but have you seen him fight? The Mexican fighter has competed in two of Showtime’s five highest-rated broadcasts ever.
Love him or hate him, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is an entertainer and knows how to market himself. Moneyman will make $40 million on Saturday night while attempting to maintain his undefeated record and legacy. Floyd’s record speaks for itself and it certainly wouldn’t surprise me if he ends up picking apart the 23-year old Alvarez. On the other hand, the fists of Canelo are capable of knocking out Mayweather at any time… if he can get close enough. I am interested to see if Floyd has lost any speed with age, or if his experience will be too much to handle for the young Canelo.
Prediction: Alvarez will surprise Mayweather early on, but Floyd will keep him on his toes and dominate the middle rounds with speed and precision jabs. Money will be at the top of his game like aways, however look for Canelo Alvarez to find a way to connect hard by round 8 or 9, and ultimately become the first boxer to defeat Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Canelo Alvarez wins by Round 10 KO.
This fight will shock the world of boxing and lead to the event that we all originally wanted to see: Mayweather .vs. Pacquiao. Perhaps Canelo will give Mayweather a re-match first? Ok, I’ll slow down. Let’s see what happens on Saturday night. Did I mention that the fight will be broadcast in movie theaters? Let me know how you think it will go down. Check out Showtime’s “All Access” series on Mayweather/Canelo below.