Tonight in Las Vegas, one of the biggest fights since the retirement of Floyd Mayweather Jr will go down, one that is close to the heart for Mexicans and Hispanics everywhere. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez [48-1-1] takes on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. [50-2-1] Son of Mexican boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez. There has been plenty of build up for this fight, with the underlying marketing ploy being the ‘Mexico vs Mexico’ theme, and HBO even did a special on the cultural implications of the fight. Both of these fighters have a overhwleming amount of attributes. At only 26 years old, Canelo has an incredible amount of experience against some of the best in the world under his belt. While Chavez is a born and bred fighter whose size and strength Canelo has likely never stood against in the ring. The only man to ever defeat Canelo, Floyd Mayweather Jr. says that he believes ‘Canelo’ will come out with the victory. During an interview with Stephen Thompson, Floyd said that he believes Canelo’s experience in big fights [and Chavez lack of], will be the key to victory:
I’ll aim for Canelo in the late round, probably a knockout in the late rounds. Canelo has more experience in big fights, but Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., he comes from a fighting family. He has a lot of fights under his belt, but not as much experience as Canelo. Canelo has a lot of experience, as far as being in big fights with myself, with [Erislandy] Lara, with also Miguel Cotto. Miguel Cotto has a lot of experience fighting Shane Mosley. So we’ll see how it plays out, but I’m leaning towards Canelo in a late round knockout.
For the Hispanics, [this fight is] very huge, but it’s good for boxing, period. It’s good for boxing. I know the ultimate goal is they want to see Canelo and Triple G. It takes time to build a fight of that magnitude. But this is a very interesting match-up, because I believe tomorrow, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is the bigger man, as for the size and weight, but Canelo has a lot more experience.