Former 140 and 147-pound champ Zab Judah believes that Canelo Alvarez is a good fighter, and more than hype, but he's not good enough to give Floyd Mayweather a serious challenge when the two meet on September 14 in Las Vegas, on Showtime pay-per-view.
Judah feels that Mayweather will pick Alvarez apart en route to his 45th victory:
"I don't see a big chance for Canelo. Yeah, he's a good fighter. He's strong, he comes forward, he's aggressive. But I think that kind of style is tailor-made for Floyd. He chops guys up like that. I think if that Canelo, right there, comes to the table, he'll get chopped up."
This is, really, a widely-held feeling in boxing circles, both with fighters and fans/media, as well as others in and around the sport. Judah has been in the ring with Mayweather, having some success early in their 2006 fight, before Floyd took over and won the fight with room to spare, a bout most remembered for the in-ring brawl between the corners that took place mid-fight.
Is Judah right? Will Canelo, even if he's as good as advertised, just not be up to snuff for the Mayweather challenge?