Mayweather vs Alvarez: Will Weight Be the Deciding Factor?


The much-anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alverez is now less than 24-hours away. It might end up being the richest boxing bout ever. Will meeting the required weight class be the deciding factor that results in Alvarez’s first-ever loss?

Almost every sportswriter is picking Mayweather to win; but, why? Will Canelo Alvarez pull off an “upset”?

The weight of the boxers and the question of which one of them “wanted” the fight the most has been a matter of much debate.

Mayweather’s boys say that Alvarez wanted the fight more; and, of course, Alvarez’s people say that Mayweather, 36, wanted it the most.

Alvarez supposedly offered to lose a few extra lb’s to get Mayweather to agree to the bout. However, some of Alvarez’s camp say that the real reason why Mayweather wanted him to lose weight is to starve him enough to make him weaker, and easier to beat in the boxing ring.

One thing’s a guarantee: Both boxers will make out like bandits.

Saturday night’s bout on paper is one for Alvarez’s 154-pound title belt. But, the match will actually be one in which both boxers must weigh in at a max weight of 152 pounds. It’s what’s referred to as a “catch weight,” and it will be, in theory, one of the factors involved in Mayweather’s eventual victory over his opponent.

Mayweather’s manager, Leonard Ellerbe, puts it succinctly, when he says “We can’t help it Alvarez has idiots for managers.”

Alvarez has been fighting for three years as a junior middleweight. He’s taller, at 5-foot-9 — and he’s younger, at 23-years-old — but it was presumably more difficult for him to lose the weight he needed to drop to get to the 154-pounds (with the “catch weight” factor, 152-pounds) than Mayweather.

Still, he has the title belt, and he has the height advantage — it’s basically his fight to lose.

Floyd Mayweather has more experience boxing at 147 pounds. His name carries more of a recognition factor than does Alvarez’s. With this boxing match, win or lose, Alvarez will earn a minimum of $5,000,000. Not bad money for a fight that might not last even one full round, if Mayweather has his way, and gets a TKO.

Alvarez seems to already be getting his explanation ready when/if he loses, and — you guessed it — it’s one related to the weight he’s had to lose for Mayweather to agree to the fight.

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Alvarez has said that Mayweahter’s group supposedly had wanted him “to go to 147,” but that he told them no, that making that weight “was physically impossible.” Negotiations back and forth finally resulted in both boxers agreeing to the 152-weight max limit.

Still, Alvarez says he was not particularly happy about that amount, but he says “they forced me to be quiet about it.” Except, he hasn’t been that quiet about it, at all.

If Alvaraez loses the boxing match and the title belt, it will be sure to set up an eventual rematch between these two boxers.

That’s an “if,” as Alvarez just might win. The Mexican-born boxing star is unbeaten, and even at 152 pounds, he will likely be around 10 pounds heavier than Mayweather.

Floyd Mayweather is favored to win, 2-and-a half to one. However, Alvarez is bigger, and he might be stronger, than Mayweather, whose victory is anyhting but assured, despite his statement that “There’s a thousand different ways I can beat a guy.”

Besides the title match between Alvarez and Mayweather, there will be another title match that many boxing fans have been anxious to see take place — the 140-pound one between Lucas Matthysse and Danny Garcia.

There’s still time to buy your ticket via pay-per-view, where you can have the best room in the house, in your living room. The cost will run you about $74.95.

Mayweather’s purse will be far larger, the most ever for a boxer of any class. He’ll make a guaranteed $41.5 million, and it might end up being an even greater payday, if enough fans tune in to watch the event take place.  Showtime could eventually end up paying Mayweather more than $200 million. Reportedly, ringside seats at the MGM Grand are going for up to $29,000.

According to Mayweather: “I’ve got a lot more experience than he has at this level and that’s going to be a key. I feel like I’m the last of my breed. I earned it the hard way.”

At Friday’s weigh-in, with an audience of approximately 12,000 fans there to see both fighters, Alvarez came in right on the money, at the max allowed “catch weight” of 152 pounds.

Mayweather’s perfect record is also on the line in this battle between these two unbeaten boxers. He weighed in at 150.5 pounds.

In Mexico, Alvarez has a huge amount of fans. He’s thought of as being one of that country’s most popular sports heroes.

The boxing match, organizers hope, will attract over two million viewers. Mayweather will get a cut of the pay-per-view sales, as well.

Will Saturday’s boxing match between Mayweather and Alvarez be decided due to the factor that Alvarez had to practically starve himself to lose the required weight; or, will it have more to do with the actual skills of the boxers involved?

Who do you pick to win, and why? Leave your comments below, please!


Written by: Douglas Cobb

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