Props to Canelo Alvarez and Austin Trout for not only agreeing to fight each other in front of 40,000 at the Alamodome on Saturday night, but for putting on a solid show. This was a good night for boxing.
Alvarez scored a unanimous decision against a game Trout, but neither of these guys is ready for Fraud Mayweather. It looks as if Mayweather will finish the prime of his career without fighting a fighter capable of beating him.
Immediately after the fight, Canelo said he'd like to face Mayweather. He should say that. That's an enormous payday. But at this stage in his career, he is too green to defeat Mayweather. If Canelo were about three years older and had a few more of these types of fights to draw from, he would be able to win such a bout.
A Canelo v. Mayweather fight would generate big interest because the 22-year-old Mexican is talented, and can land some major punches. Fraud hasn't been punched hard in years.
At this stage, however, Canelo's timing is off to actually defeat Mayweather. His conditioning isn't quite there, and he leaves himself wide open to counter attack. By the time he would be ready to win this type of fight Money (36) will be washed up.
Against Trout, Canelo at times looked dominant as he landed a handful of memorable punches against a taller, quicker opponent. At the start of the seventh round, Alvarez knocked down Trout with a solid right to the head. It was the first time in Trout's career he was knocked down.
Canelo did a nice job of ducking Trout's many jabs, but he left himself too vulnerable on a series of big swings. He got away with it against Trout, not to mention conditioning that appeared to wane in the latter rounds. It's doubtful he would be so fortunate against Mayweather.
Trout actually did much better than the final scores indicated; if he landed one or two big shots this outcome could have been much different. He deserves to be heard from again.
Mayweather will fight Robert Guerrero in early May, and has said he will fight one more time in 2013. After Saturday's result in San Antonio, people are going to push Mayweather to fight Canelo.
Since Mayweather will never fight Manny Pacquiao, he may as well try Canelo. Mayweather only likes to fight guys he knows he can beat, and despite the fact Canelo could land a few big shots on Money he is not ready to beat him.
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