Floyd Mayweather beat Robert Guerrero by unanimous decision in May. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Floyd Mayweather and Saul Alvarez put their unbeaten records on the line when they meet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday morning (AEST). Mayweather is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world but faces a man who could well be the heir apparent to that crown.
Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather will enter the ring with 44 career victories from as many fights and the list of opponents that he has beaten reads like a who’s-who of boxing. Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez and Shane Mosley have all tasted defeat at the hands of Mayweather, who has entered the ring with less frequency in the twilight of his career. The 36 year-old has fought just twice times since September 2011 for points victories over Miguel Cotto and Robert Guerrero. Although he is still regarded as one of the smartest guys in the ring, Mayweather has just one knockout to his name from his past five bouts, spanning four years.
Unified WBC/WBA light middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has won 30 of his 43 career bouts by knockout and is also unbeaten, although he had to settle for a draw against unheralded compatriot Jorge Juarez at his fifth professional fight. He earnt a shot at Mayweather with a unanimous points decision against highly regarded American Austin Trout in April.
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