Smart Money is on Alvarez-Gomez
STAPLES CENTER WILL BE ROCKING FOR ALVAREZ-GOMEZBy Arash Markazi
The headline for this Saturday's fight card is "Star Power" and if "Star Power" is purely what you are interested in, it's going to be hard to argue that Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz isn't the biggest fight of the night. But if you want to know what will be the most exciting, most entertaining and most talked about fight of the night, the smart money is on Canelo Alvarez-Alfonso Gomez.
No offense to Mayweather, but I've seen him in far too many over hyped fights that have failed to live up to expectations. Five of his last six fights have gone the distance and ended with decisions. He's had 16 such fights in his career. He's a fighter that doesn't like to do any more than is needed to win, which is great for his record but bad for fight fans who are looking to be entertained. Am I supposed to believe at 34 years old, Mayweather will come into this fight any differently than he has in the past?
And as much hype as Ortiz has gotten recently, I'm not convinced he's the kind of fighter who can challenge Mayweather. Oh, and let's not forget he's more than willing to go the distance and see what the judges think as three of his last four fights have ended with decisions as well.
On the other end of the spectrum you have Alvarez, who is arguably the best young fighter in boxing today, and at 21 years old doesn't have the patience for decisions and will be looking for a knock out. He had fans at the Staples Center last year chanting his name during the boring Shane Mosely-Sergio Mora fight after Alvarez knocked out Carlos Baldomir in the sixth round earlier on the card. His last fight ended with a TKO of Ryan Rhodes in the 12th round which shows you he won't stop fighting even if he's ahead on the judges' cards and would win on a decision.
Knowing Alvarez's popularity, Gomez won't be content simply dancing around the ring either. He hasn't had a fight go to a decision since 2007 and has only had two since 2005. He is going to want the fight to end in a knock out which is just fine for Alvarez and the fight fans at Staples Center who will see a far more entertaining main event than this Saturday night than those in Las Vegas.
Mayweather-Ortiz has star power
STAR POWER, SUPERIOR TALENT MAKES MAYWEATHER-ORTIZ MUST-SEEBy Noel Piñeiro Planas
The Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz fight is the better of the two bouts on Saturday. There is not an argument that can be made in favor of the Saul Alvarez-Alfonso Gomez fight. Think of it this way: the Mayweather-Ortiz fight can be compared to Yankees-Red Sox or Celtics-Lakers, while the Alvarez-Gomez confrontation is more comparable to Yankees-Marlins or Lakers-Timberwolves.
Mayweather is arguably the best or second best pound-for-pound fighter today, along with Manny Pacquiao. Undoubtedly, Floyd is the best defensive fighter of his generation. Plus, he comes from a renowned boxing family. Considering this alone, there's no doubt which fight will draw everyone's attention come Saturday.
But that's not all. Mayweather-Ortiz gets the nod over Alvarez-Gomez because of how good an opponent Floyd Mayweather is facing in Victor Ortiz. Victor is a good boxer who's younger than Floyd, hungry, and above all, completely fearless of his opponent. Alvarez, on the other hand, has only headlined very well-protected fights against cherry-picked opponents.
Finally, all technical factors set aside, the Mayweather-Ortiz fight will be more interesting because it involves elements that go beyond the fight itself. Everyone wants to know if Mayweather, at 34 years old and with only two fights in the last 45 months, still has anything to offer -- if he still deserves the fight against Pacquiao that he has dodged to this point -- and if Victor Ortiz can shut him up for once.