WBC welterweight and WBA light-middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. currently weighs just over 150lbs as his 152lb catchweight bout with WBC 154lb title holder Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez draws near.
The 36 year-old, who has never fought higher than 151, agreed to the first mid-weight challenge of his career when signing to face the young Mexican star on September 14 in Las Vegas, but seemingly won’t be gaining too much more by the time the two hit the ring.
In contrast to that, Alvarez, 22, is a huge at the weight and many think this will be the telling factor in Mayweather possibly facing his toughest test in 44 contests. The American still remains an odds-on favourite to prevail though with Alvarez forced to drop below 153 for the first time since March 2011.
Mayweather’s previous two forays up to 154 against Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya gave both opponents the opportunity to fill out at the limit, with ‘Money’ stipulating a different scenario this time around against Alvarez.
Those who believe Alvarez’s bulk could be a negative for Mayweather, may also look to the 152lb limit as a positive, as ‘Canelo’ will have to fight hard to shake off those two pounds in what seems to be a shrewd move by the world number one.
All will be revealed in just shy of a month though as Mayweather grasps the boxing spotlight from all others in the only way the charismatic star can, but will he have the answers for a 45th time against a strong champion….we will soon find out.