There has been a surprising number of great fights throughout the first half of 2013, and two particular bouts scheduled for the end of this year have already created a lot of buzz.
In September, undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. will take on Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Two months later, in November, former eight division champion Manny Pacquiao will square off against Brandon Rios. Both of these match-ups are highly anticipated, however, according to Pacquiao’s camp, only one is apparently deserving of that anticipation.
During a recent interview with the good folks at Boxing Scene, Top Rank boss Bob Arum suggested that people are overestimating exactly how much of a fight Mayweather will get from Alvarez. Despite it being widely agreed upon that, at this point, Alvarez is the only person who can legitimately challenge the sport’s pound-for-pound king, Arum believes that Mayweather will end up wiping the floor with him.
“I think Canelo doesn’t have anywhere near the experience to fight a Mayweather,” he said. “And the problem with Canelo and a lot of young fighters is they don’t have the stamina. They run out of gas. That’s what happened to him in the Austin Trout fight. Austin Trout didn’t know how to capitalize on it; Mayweather would. So I think Mayweather wins a decision or stops him late.”
It’s not so much that Arum doesn’t think Alvarez can turn into something special down the line, he just doesn’t think that the youngster has what it takes now.
“If they had fought a year or two years from now, maybe it would be different,” he said. “But Canelo just doesn’t have the speed or stamina to cope with Mayweather. Mayweather is a very good fighter.”
Is Arum genuinely praising Mayweather and noting that he presently has no equals in boxing? Is he simply trying to take a bit of shine off a rival’s biggest event of the year? Both? With the Top Rank boss, you never know.