Looking at the careers of Floyd Mayweather, Jr and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, you’ll see one is nearing its end and one is just beginning. Maybe that is why odds makers have set this fight at nearly 2-1 with odds opening online and in Las Vegas anywhere from Mayweather at -250 to -333 while Alvarez is roughly +180.
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But why? It certainly because of how close the fight is due to the supreme skills of Mayweather vs. the developing talent of Canelo, is it? Certainly Mayweather’s work ethic, shown here in this training video, hasn’t diminished:
Perhaps Canelo’s dogged pursuit of this fight, since 2011, has Vegas oddsmakers doubting Mayweather with a close betting line for the first time in what seems like a decade.
The answer is simple: age. Mayweather is 36 and showed it versus Miguel Cotto.
Against Robert Guerrero this past May, Floyd put on a master class, doing just about anything and everything he wanted. Defensively, as shown here in this video tribute to Mayweather’s true genius, “Money’ has not lost a step:
But then, there is a great divide between an old Cotto and a prime Guerrero. Did Miguel Cotto expose an old Floyd? Did Guerrero hide just how old Mayweather is? Can Saul “Canelo” Alvarez continue to show what Cotto did? Against a prime Austin Trout, a southpaw with a good defensive skills, Alvarez was up to the task:
Be it age, skills or desire, Mayweather vs. Alvarez is a close fight. The answers why will become clear on September 14, 2013 at the MGM Grand when Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr takes on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez: