Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya says Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is “by far” better than he was in 2007.
The 22-year-old Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) is slated to scrap Floyd Mayweather on September 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Alvarez most recently vacated the squared circle after outscoring “No Doubt” Austin Trout to unify the WBC and WBA super world light middleweight titles on April 20.
In regard to The Ring magazine’s 1995 “Fighter of the Year,” De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) lost the WBC light middleweight crown to the 36-year-old Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) by a split decision in May 2007.
“Not to degrade myself, but I do think that Canelo is a stronger, heavier puncher, and he's a smarter boxer than I was when I fought Floyd,” said De La Hoya, 40, the only U.S. pugilist to receive a gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
“I never threw five or six punches in a row against an elite fighter like Austin Trout the way that Canelo did. He stood right in front of him, moving, dodging, boxing, you know? I never did that stuff, you know? Today, well, I mean, obviously, when I fought him in 2007, he might be the same Floyd. Fresh, better shape, young, strong, I don't see any difference. I still see the same movement. I still see the same Floyd that I faced back in the day, and that's the same Floyd that Canelo is going to face come fight night in September.”
In an utterly brilliant showing, “the same Floyd” earned a unanimous decision triumph over an inferior Robert Guerrero on May 4.
A five-division, eight-belt capturer who was named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, Mayweather is a defensive virtuoso defying Father Time with an incredible work ethic.
As the reigning pound-for-pound king, “Pretty Boy” is one of the premier performers in the annals of prizefighting.
“A stronger, heavier puncher,” perhaps this version of Alvarez is “by far” better than the De La Hoya of six years ago.
Nevertheless, “come fight night in September,” the bruising Saul Alvarez will be outdone by a bloodied Floyd Mayweather.
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