The Boxing Gods always find a way to get their revenge on fighters who have cheated fate. In the past, Floyd Mayweather played the role of a sneaky coward when it came to the possibility of facing Manny Pacquiao in his prime. Eventually father time caught up with Pacman which finally provided Money May with a legit reason for never fighting him.
Just when it looked like Floyd Mayweather lucked out and outlasted his nemeses, a new star shines brightly on the boxing world. You may know him better by the name of Canelo Alvarez.
On Saturday night Canelo Alvarez silenced all of his critics by defeated the previously undefeated Austin Trout at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Although the fight wasn’t a blowout victory by any means, Canelo was an uncontroversial winner by unanimous decision. You can argue that the official scorecards should have been much closer than they were, but you cannot argue the outcome. Canelo earned his victory over Trout.
More impressive than the victory itself was the obvious improvements that Canelo has made since the last time we have seen him in the ring. Not too long ago, his biggest weakness was arguably his lack of head movement and overall defensive skills. He was always a dominant offensive fighter, but he used to leave himself open for counter punching. That wasn’t the case on Saturday night.
You would be hard pressed to find more than a handful of better boxers than Austin Trout. It’s not like Canelo walked into the Alamodome and beat an average boxer. Even after the loss Trout will be considered as the second best light middleweight in the world. Before his defeat to Canelo, he was on the verge of breaking into most top 10 pound-for-pound rankings.
With Canelo’s big victory over Austin Trout, a new potential “mega-fight” was born. For a couple of years now people have wondered when Alvarez would be ready to challenge Floyd Mayweather. IT would appear that the time is now. Although he is still very young, Canelo has already cleaned out his division and has nobody else to fight. He’s also arguably already a bigger international draw than Money May.
Mayweather may have been lucky enough to outlast Manny Pacquiao, but Canelo isn’t going anywhere. If Mayweather refuses to face yet another mega star, he will go down in history as the biggest coward to ever lace up the gloves. There is no reason that a Mayweather vs. Canelo matchup shouldn’t happen later this year of early 2014.
On second thought, there is one logical reason why it may never happen. Money May has to get by Robert Guerrero first.