Weight issues hurt Canelo, says Marquez
MANILA, Philippines – Mexican boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s effort to make the 152-pound catchweight for his mega-fight against unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. clearly took its toll on the younger fighter, according to Juan Manuel Marquez.
Alvarez was able to make the 152-pound catchweight, but reportedly gained more than 10 pounds overnight. His size advantage was for naught, however, as Mayweather won comprehensively.
“The weight hurt (Canelo),” Marquez told Boxing Scene. “He had to make an effort (to make the weight). They say he took off 15 pounds in a few weeks to make the 152-pounds.”
“And then, when he stepped into the ring, he weighed a lot more than Mayweather, but that made him slower,” he added.
Alvarez had no answer for Mayweather’s hand-speed, and his attempts to pressure the American was ineffective as Mayweather simply eluded and dodged his punches for 12 rounds.
Marquez, who has previously lost to Mayweather as well, said this points to a lack of game plan on Alvarez’s part.
“I think Canelo lacked a corner,” he said. “There was no game plan, and I think he didn’t apply enough pressure during the fight.”
He also commended Mayweather for his victory, which was the American’s 45th in a row.
“Mayweather’s win was undeniable,” said Marquez. “He is still the best fighter in the world, and for now, invincible.”