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The biggest match-up in boxing this year pits Floyd "Money" Mayweather against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on September 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. You can bet the fight at 5 Dimes Sportsbook. The odds on Mayweather are -270 (bet $270 to win $100) while the odds on Alvarez are +230. You can also bet on the over/under rounds as well as a slew of other prop bets which 5 Dimes Sportsbook is famous for.
The fighters will enter the ring with a combined record of 86-0-1.
Mayweather, 36, (44-0, 26 KOs) is considered by most the best fighter in the world.
Alvarez, 23, (42-0-1, 30 KOs) called "Canelo" because of his red hair, has improved steadily over the past few years.
His victory over Austin Trout in his last bout was proof that the youngster has some game.
Before his bout with Robert Guerrero, there were some who said that Mayweather was slipping. Every fighter eventually begins to feel his age. In 2012, Miguel Cotto clipped Mayweather with a variety of punches and bloodied his nose.
Was "Money" Mayweather turning into "Grandpa" Mayweather?
Enter Floyd Mayweather Sr.who reminded his son of the finer points of defense.
The Mayweather who fought Guerrero last May turned out to be the old Mayweather, but not in erosion, but skill. He baffled Guerrero all night with lateral movement and snappy combinations. His lead right hand almost never missed.
Alvarez is more aggressive, bigger, and hits a lot harder than Guerrero.
As Mayweather likes to point out, there's no blueprint on how to defeat him. He'll have a substantial advantage in speed. Former fighter turned promoter Oscar De La Hoya, has been advising Alvarez to use his jab. With his strength advantage, maybe a bull rush like a modern day Rocky Marciano could find success.
It seems unlikely.
Charging Mayweather is the equivalent of walking into a razor. He'll slice and dice whenever he feels like it. Maybe do something that Mayweather doesn't expect, wait and try to counter. Alvarez does have a tendency to punch in bunches. Making Mayweather take the lead could leave him susceptible to some heavy Alvarez hooks.
Alvarez is the most dangerous opponent Mayweather has faced in years. He's younger, stronger and very determined.
It's reasonable to expect that Mayweather will feel many moments of unease during the bout. While Alvarez can crack, he's not known for his one-punch power. He'll have to land a combination or two to hurt the fleet-footed Mayweather.
Can he do it?
Will he do it?
September 14 will provide all the answers.
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