Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya said on Friday “it’s the perfect moment” for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to face Floyd Mayweather.
Throwing fists at a catchweight of 152 pounds, the 22-year-old Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) is slated to scrap the 36-year-old Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) on September 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Too soon? Wow. That’s the scary part. Because, first of all, I don’t think that it’s too soon, I think that it’s the perfect moment,” said De La Hoya, 40, who retired in December 2008 after getting battered by Manny Pacquiao in an eight round TKO defeat.
“You know, the one thing that people have to realize is that Canelo is only getting better and improving as every fight goes on. I can’t imagine how good he’s going to be two, three years down the road. At this tender age, and he’ll be 23 by the time he fights Mayweather, this is the perfect time. The perfect time. Canelo comes from the streets of Mexico, and you have to understand that, and he has bad intentions, let me tell you. This kid is a street guy who has bad intentions, so, you know, he lives to win. The question is, is Mayweather going to beat Canelo solely on experience? I would guess that I think not.”
The only U.S. boxer to receive a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics, De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) thinks this marquee bout could generate more buys than the 2.5 million his match with Mayweather did.
“I’ve never been concerned about any fight breaking my record, except for this one,” said De La Hoya, who lost the WBC light middleweight crown to Mayweather by a split decision in May 2007. “Now, I’m concerned. It’s a double-edged sword, because I’m still going to be involved in breaking a record, only this time, it’s going to be from outside of the ring.”
In an utterly brilliant showing, Mayweather most recently earned a unanimous decision triumph over an outclassed Robert Guerrero on May 4.
A five-division, eight-belt capturer who was named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, Mayweather is a defensive virtuoso defying Father Time with an incredible work ethic.
As the reigning pound-for-pound king, “Pretty Boy” is one of the premier men to ever step into a squared circle.
Comparatively, Alvarez outscored “No Doubt” Austin Trout to unify the WBC and WBA super world light middleweight titles on April 20.
Displaying dazzling head movement, Alvarez landed thunderous blows throughout the 36 minute affair against Trout (26-1, 14 KOs) and floored the crafty New Mexican with a powerful straight punch to the kisser early in the seventh round.
Poised to mature into one of the preeminent pugilists in the sport, “Canelo” is a fierce redhead possessing concrete blocks for hands.
Unfortunately for the youngster steamrolling toward greatness, Mayweather looks more untouchable than ever.
Although “only getting better and improving as every fight goes on,” the bruising Saul Alvarez will fall to a bloodied Floyd Mayweather this Mexican Independence Day weekend.