Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions have a mega-fight on their hands on September 14, when Floyd Mayweather faces Canelo Alvarez on Showtime pay-per-view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The early talk about the fight has been massive, and we're still over three months away from the two getting into the ring.
Oscar sees a dangerous fight on both sides, saying that Mayweather (44-0, 26 KO) won't be able to beat Canelo (42-0-1, 30 KO) just on his experience in the ring, which many see as a major strength for Floyd:
"Mayweather will stand in the pocket and fight. He'll run and he'll box, but he'll also stay in the pocket and fight, which can make him vulnerable to being hit and exposed to being hit," said De La Hoya.
"Of course, Floyd is dangerous for any fighter, but the thing is that, when the the danger arises, it's obviously in his experience. So, the question is going to be, 'Is Mayweather going to beat Canelo solely on his experience?' My belief is that I doubt it."
Honestly, it's kind of an empty thing to say -- obviously, Mayweather isn't going to come into this fight relying solely on his experience and savvy, though it will be a big thing that Alvarez has to overcome. The quick reply is, "No, he'll do it with his talent," and that's a fair enough observation/prediction, too.
Mayweather didn't do much "staying in the pocket and fighting" against Robert Guerrero on May 4, either, so I think it's a little foolish to hope (?) or pray (?) that he'll do it with the bigger, younger, stronger Alvarez in September. Basically Oscar is doing some early selling, and as usual, he's a little clumsy in his salesmanship. But this fight won't need the strong push of, "no, really, you guys, this will be competitive, we swears -- we swears on the precious!" that the Guerrero fight needed. This one's a hit on paper.