Mayweather will fall, says De La Hoya
By Dennis Principe
Published: Aug/28/2013 10:26 AM PHT
FIGHT Promoter Oscar De La Hoya is predicting a convincing knockout victory for undefeated Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in his battle against fellow undefeated champion and current pound-for-pound kingpin Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on September 14 in Las Vegas.
Apparently the now retired De La Hoya, considered as boxing’s poster boy during his heyday, could still not get over his split decision loss to Mayweather back in 2007.
“Mayweather got the decision but I feel that I beat him. Canelo is so calm and mature. Nothing gets to him. He is focused. I tell him to stay focused. And keep pumping your jab,” said De La Hoya.
That jab was the most important weapon which De La Hoya used in dominating the first half of his monumental encounter with Mayweather, a bout that was bought by 2.4 million households, a standing record for most Pay-Per-View buys in boxing.
To the surprise of many and his trainer back then Freddie Roach, De La Hoya abandoned the ploy and decided to be more aggressive on offense that gave the counterpunching Mayweather a chance to pull through and score a razor-thin decision win.
“That is the key. Canelo is experiencing the glory and ahead of his time. If he doesn't knock Floyd out in less than eight rounds, I will be very surprised,” added De La Hoya.
Mayweather and Alvarez will meet in a 12-round title fight at a catchweight of 152lbs. Alvarez will be staking his World Boxing Council (WBC) light middleweight crown, ironically the same belt De La Hoya surrendered in his bout versus Mayweather.
De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions is the lead promoter of the card in partnership with Mayweather Promotions
In a bid to surpass the 2007 PPV record, De La Hoya has included undefeated superlightweight champion Danny Garcia who will defend his WBC crown against Lucas Matthysse of Argentina.
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