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Lucas Matthysse expects Canelo to give Floyd problems

By Chris Robinson

Despite asking several boxing figures for their thoughts on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez super fight, I’ve had trouble finding anyone who gives the young champion from Jalisco, Mexico a clear edge in the matchup.

Mayweather’s combination of ring acumen, experience, and talent are just too much for most people to overlook despite all of Alvarez’s upside as a prizefighter.

During a recent swing through the Indio Boys and Girls Club in Southern California, I was able to get some input on the fight from one of the hottest names in the sport, Lucas Matthysse, and the Argentinean’s answers did surprise me a bit.

The WBC interim junior welterweight champion at 140 pounds, Matthysse will face off with WBA/WBC champion Danny Garcia on the Mayweather-Alvarez undercard on Sept. 14 inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

When asked who he favors in a Mayweather-Alvarez duel, Matthysse hesitated just a bit.

“That’s a very good fight,” said Matthysse. “Very difficult. 50/50.”

Curious for his reasoning, I asked Matthysse if it is Canelo’s size, with him being a natural junior middleweight, that makes him feel he has a real shot.

“I think so,” Matthysse added. “He’s very young, very intelligent, and he’s big. He’s going to give him a lot of problems. It’s a very difficult fight.

“He always fights with fighters who are much smaller than him,” Matthysse added of Mayweather. “This one’s a little [different], because he’s a fighting at natural 154-pounder.”

During his open media workout in Big Bear last week, Alvarez confirmed that he had been studying footage of Miguel Cotto’s bout with Mayweather from May of last year.

In that fight, Cotto gave a spirited effort and had moments of success by attacking Mayweather’s body and pinning him along the ropes. Still, in the face of adversity, Mayweather was able to show himself the superior fighter to Cotto as he collected a unanimous decision victory over twelve rounds.

Matthysse is familiar with the fight and spoke on Cotto’s performance.

“He did a good fight,” stated Matthysse. “Cotto hit him a lot of times. It was difficult.”

Mayweather, however, has seemed amused by the fact that Alvarez had been studying his melee with Cotto.

“Only thing he can learn from the Cotto fight is how to lose,” Mayweather stated during a recent conference call to discuss the fight.

Sept. 14 can’t come soon enough.

*** For an exclusive video of Lucas Matthysse training in Indio, please hit up Behind the scenes with Lucas Matthysse in Indio as he trains for Danny Garcia [Part 1]

*** To view Chris Robinson's 4-page, 40-picture gallery of Matthysse, please visit Lucas Matthysse focused and grinding hard in Indio, Calif. as Garcia clash nears

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jaliscoguey13 on 09-08-2013

[QUOTE=skinnystev;13721700]fight fans wkae up mayweather actually carried cotto he could have KO;ed him anytime after the 9th round[/QUOTE] Not sure if youre trolling or serious. Ill go with trolling. lmao

Comment by skinnystev on 09-08-2013

fight fans wkae up mayweather actually carried cotto he could have KO;ed him anytime after the 9th round

Comment by _original_ on 09-08-2013

Interesting prediction and take from Lucas, although I don't agree about the Floyd fighting smaller men bit. Lucas Matthysse is a potential Mayweather opponent and may be displaying some early animosity.

Comment by mathed on 09-08-2013

[QUOTE=Bushbaby;13720268]Just strolled through the tread to see how much hate Lucas would garner from calling the fight 50/50. Not surprised to see the results tbh. There's a reason why this fight is at a catchweight. And that reason does not…

Comment by mathed on 09-08-2013

[QUOTE=Frank Ducketts;13719735]Lucas is a clueless bastard. Who are the much smaller guys that he's talking about?[/QUOTE] Floyd has only fought two naturally bigger fighters in the last 10 years, Cotto and DLH, those are often considered his worst performances.....

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