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Golden Boy Promotions top boss Oscar De La Hoya is excited about the forthcoming clash between pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and prodigious contender Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, believing the showdown is an even field for both fighters.
De la Hoya, who came close to giving Mayweather his first career loss in 2007, is confident that Alvarez could give the undefeated American boxer a run for his money in their showdown on September 14 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
"It's such an even fight. I'm just expecting a great fight for both guys. I'm not rooting for anyone," the Golden Boy said in an interview with esnewsreporting.com.
Mayweather announced a couple of weeks ago his decision to fight undisputed light middleweight king Canelo Alvarez making it the most attractive fight of the year in the eyes of several boxing analysts.
Although Mayweather will be the favorite to win his 45th career fight, De la Hoya thinks it won't that be easy against Canelo, whom he described as a better fighter than he was at age 22.
"I strongly believe that Canelo is going to be a lot better than when I fought Mayweather. At 22, he's doing things I never did in my career. He's bobbing and weaving, throwing six-punch combinations," said De La Hoya.
Canelo is fresh from a unanimous decision victory over Austin Trout last April while Mayweather is coming off a lopsided win against former welterweight king Robert Guerrero on May 4.
The winner of the Mayweather-Alvarez bout will unify the WBC, WBA and the Ring Magazine Light Middleweight titles and perhaps take the top spot in the pound-for-pound rankings. The fight will be at a catchweight of 152 pounds.