Canelo Alvarez is without question the big underdog against Floyd Mayweather on September 14, but former world heavyweight champion George Foreman does see a chance for the young Mexican superstar to pull the upset, and says he'll have to pace himself and rely on his power. Here's what George told ATG Radio:
"Alvarez, this is his fight to lose. I'll put it to you like this - he's younger, he's a harder puncher, he has a greater future, he has nothing to lose. He can win this fight. Mayweather on the other hand can't hurt anybody. So, the other guy has no chance of being hurt. The only fella that Mayweather ever hurt was his own hand, Mayweather's right hand. He's no danger in hurting Alvarez. Alvarez can punch. If he paces himself, he can knock [Mayweather out] by the ninth round. This is a competitive fight, unheard of - a great fighter with so much potential to take on such an experienced fighter like Mayweather."
I don't disagree that Mayweather (44-0, 26 KO) can't punch much -- maybe can't even punch for beans -- at this stage in his career as a 147/154 pound fighter, and that Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO) is the bigger puncher at the weight (this fight will have a 152-pound catchweight).
Alvarez, 23, has had stamina issues in past fights, though, and the key to Foreman's statement here is really "if he paces himself." It will also help if Alvarez is able to hit Mayweather cleanly more than once or twice, which is a serious issue for most Floyd opponents.
Is Big George right? Does Alvarez have the ability to stop Mayweather?