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Nazeem Richardson: Canelo can't fight 3 minutes of a round because of making weight (at 154)

The other night when Mayweather - Canelo got announced, I tempered my excitement because of the 152 catch weight, and I was complaining a lot about it in the comments of the article, which seemed to annoy some people. They said the catch weight wouldn't matter, stop being a debby downer, and so on.

So in the days since the fight's been announced, I've tried to take their advice, and just accept the catch weight for what it is, and hope it doesn't have any impact. Of course, if it wasn't going to have any impact, why would Floyd bother to ask for it? But I've tried to ignore arguments like those and just be happy the fight is made.

In letting myself get a little more excited for the fight, I felt compelled to watch some of Canelo's old fights. I decided to watch the Mosley fight again. Right away, Canelo doesn't throw any punches the first two minutes of the round. So I try to tell myself it's just the 1st round, just a feeling out, not necessarily a stamina issue.

But then right after the first round, the microphone in the Mosley's corner picks up his trainer, Nazeem Richardson, telling Mosley that Canelo cannot fight 3 minutes of a round because he has so much trouble making weight, and that's at 154! It's only the first round, and Richardson already sees stamina problems for Canelo where he has to take over half the round off because of having to make weight. And that was 154! Now he has to make 152 against Mayweather!

So just as I had gotten over the whole catch weight issue and tried to forget about it, there's the respected and knowledgeable Nazeem Richardson in Mosley's corner pointing out that having to make 152 pounds could be a very big deal indeed for Canelo, and that by extension when Canelo fights Mayweather at that weight, we may see a fight where Canelo doesn't throw punches for 2 out of 3 minutes every round.

Hard to have much faith in it being a competitive fight if that's the case.

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