Mayweather vs. Alvarez: Free Sports Picks & Odds Breakdown

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, September 12, 2013 6:41 PM GMT

Canelo Alvarez will get his shot at the Money in more ways than one when he puts his Light Middleweight title on the line to battle the legendary Floyd Mayweather.


Catchweight of 152 Pounds

The backroom negotiations have finally been resolved and the Light Middleweight champ Canelo Alvarez who normally fights at 154 pounds will drop a deuce (literally and figuratively) to meet Floyd “Money” Mayweather at the agreed upon catchweight of 152 pounds. Mayweather, who normally fights at 147 pounds, is the WBC Welterweight and WBA Super Welterweight king but there are those that say his reign will come to an end when he squares off against a naturally bigger opponent in Canelo Alvarez.

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Saul Canelo Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO’s)

The last time I heard someone with the nickname Cinnamon, I was front row at the Sapphire Club in Vegas and the pretty young thing prancing in her birthday suit looked nothing like the red-headed terror who will be throwing down with the man they call Money on Saturday night. 

Alvarez is guaranteed to make a cool $5 million with estimates including PPV money skyrocketing to $12 million. It’s a monumental payday for the 23-year-old kid from Mexico but one he richly deserves. However, if Alvarez is to have a chance at upsetting boxing’s pound-for-pound king, he will have to be even better than he was in his last outing against Austin Trout. 

Alvarez dominated Trout in many, though not all, of the rounds with a slick defensive game plan to avoid punishment and then retaliating with bone jarring power shots. El Canelo was not interested in matching Trout jab for jab but rather made him miss throughout and blasted away when he saw an opening. It was in fact, one of those heavy punches that whisked Trout off his feet and on to the canvas for the first time in his career.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26 KO’s)

What don’t we know about Mayweather at this point in his career? He’s armed with a lethal combination of power and speed which has vaulted him to the apex of not only this current generation’s pugilists but every era of the sweet science. 

Mayweather has won by unanimous decision in four of his last five fights and was installed as a -800 favorite in boxing betting odds against Miguel Cotto and -650 in his last appearance against Roberto Guerrero. Nobody on the planet has been able to out-jab Mayweather and points are hard to come by if you’re banking on a few power shots tipping the judge’s scales when considering the fusillade of combinations Mayweather not only throws but lands. 

Mayweather will have his work cut out for him on Monday night and the boxing odds are reflecting the betting public’s respect for his opponent. As of this writing Mayweather is a modest, by recent standards, -300 favorite in boxing odds at WilliamHill.com. If you believe the challenger has a chance, the English bookmaker will return +250 on your money.

Could we see Mayweather KO Alvarez?

The Pick:

Do fighters ever get better when most of their contemporaries are packing on the inevitable middle-aged pounds and slowing down? Mayweather has defied age and logic with a blazing speed that has shown no signs of decelerating. But speed alone may not be enough this time. Mayweather will have to keep his chin down and his elbows tight if he is to sustain the heavy leather which will be wrought by the challenger. 

If you have blindly bet Mayweather in the past then there will be no talking you off him on Saturday night, particularly when you consider the lumber you lay will be much less severe. However, if you look at this fight with an open mind, it is highly conceivable to believe Alvarez will get his raised when and if the final bell sounds. He’s younger, bigger, and stronger while enjoying the luxury of Oscar de la Hoya in his camp giving him insight to defeating the fighter he lost to in May of 2007. 

Add Alvarez to your sports picks at the price of +250 at WilliamHill.com.