Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez has game plan to beat Floyd Mayweather

Posted Jun 26, 2013 by Leo Reyes
WBC and WBA light middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez said he has a number of game plans to beat WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr., when they face each other in the ring in their upcoming fight.
Boxer Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán
Boxer Santos Saúl Álvarez Barragán
Alvarez and Mayweather are set to collide on September 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather is coming off a unanimous decision victory against Robert Guerrero last May 4 to retain his WBC welterweight title while Alvarez is fresh from his victory over Austin Trout last April 20 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas to retain his WBC light middleweight title.
Alvarez, who has been fighting actively in the light middleweight division, has agreed to face Mayweather at a catchweight of 152 pounds.
Mayweather, who is the the Ring's current pound-for-pound king, wanted to face Alvarez at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds while Alvarez wanted it at 154.
Critics say Mayweather's insistence to have Alvarez come down to 147 could be a ploy to kill the potential fight that fans want to see because he is seemingly afraid he might lose to a young and talented fighter 14 years his junior.
Obviously, Alvarez is all fired up to face Mayweather in what appears to be his biggest and most lucrative fight ever.
But going down to 147 to bag the Mayweather fight could spell disaster for the young Mexican talent. Read more.
At the height of negotiations between Mayweather's camp and Alvarez' promoter, Golden Boy Promotions (GBP), the pound-for-pound king said the fight won't happen if Alvarez will not go down to 147.
But GBP's owner Oscar de la Hoya, who lost to Mayweather via a split decision in 2007, knew that the fight will be a pay-per-view (PPV) hit and so he prevailed upon Mayweather's handlers to come to an agreement at a lower catchweight. Eventually, they settled at 152 pounds.
De la Hoya, who appeared to be cheering for young Mexican champion said, "Alvarez has what it takes to beat Mayweather."
“Youth is on his side,” De La Hoya said of the 22-year-old Alvarez, who is 42-0-1 with 30 KOs. “Another advantage he has is his intelligence. He’s a very smart fighter and people also tend to underestimate his speed.
“He also doesn't have a torn left rotator cuff like I did. But I have three letters I’m going to keep repeating to him — J-A-B.”
During the New York leg of their 11-day promotional tour on Monday, Mayweather thanked Alvarez for taking the fight. "Now," Mayweather said, "let's give the fans what they want to see."
"The Earth is my turf," Mayweather said. "You can put me in any ring and I will always come out victorious."
For his part, Alvarez said, he is confident he will win the fight to give Mayweather his first loss in his boxing career. "In the sport of boxing, it's everybody's time, and this is my time," Alvarez said
"I've visualized this fight for years," Alvarez said, "and I feel I'm going to win."