Canelo in for 'rude awakening,' says Floyd adviser
MANILA, Philippines – Mexican champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will be in for a “rude awakening” when he faces unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their much-hyped clash on September 14 in Las Vegas.
This, according to Mayweather’s chief adviser, Leonard Ellerbe.
Speaking to Boxing Scene, Ellerbe noted that Alvarez has rarely fought top-level competition in his career, unlike Mayweather.
“He’s fought some decent competition thus far, but fighting Floyd Mayweather is like night and day,” said Ellerbe. “With all due respect, (former junior middleweight champion) Austin Trout was the best fighter that he’s fought to date.”
“Floyd Mayweather is head and shoulders above a guy like Austin Trout. I think on Saturday night, the young man will be in for a rude awakening,” he added.
Alvarez defeated Trout via a 12-round unanimous decision last April to unify a pair of light-middleweight titles.
Mayweather backed up Ellerbe’s statement by pointing out that he has fought elite competition in nearly 17 years as a boxer.
“Everybody I fought, I fought a champion, or a guy that was a champion,” he said. “These are the things that I did in the sport.”