The “Mayweather Curse”: Fact or Fiction?

By: Brandon Stubbs

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Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will make his trek back to the top on March 8, against Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo. This will be his first bout since his one sided whitewash loss to Floyd Mayweather in September of last year. While in the months following the loss, Canelo’s spirit and mind seemed not to be broken, one still wonders if the “Mayweather Curse” is real.

 

So what is the “Mayweather Curse”? Well, during Floyd’s PPV reign of 2005 to the present, it is the result of how his opponents have faired in their next fights and careers after facing him, aka “Post Floyd or PF”. If you were to look at the raw numbers, things don’t look good for Alvarez.

 

As the numbers suggest, things do not appear to go smooth after facing Mayweather. The records of the nine men who have fought after a Mayweather fight? How about four Wins, three Losses, one No Contest and one Draw. Now some of that could be chalked up to match-making whether it be good or bad. For example, Ricky Hatton was served Juan Lazcano and was able to cruise to an easy win and build his confidence back up. On the other hand, Carlos Baldomir took on a still very prime and at that time streaking Vernon Forrest. Carlos would lose on the cards. Or even Miguel Cotto dropping a unanimous decision to Austin Trout months after pushing Mayweather to the limit.

 

So for Alvarez, his team has matched him With Alfredo Angulo. We are still unsure if this is good or bad thing. While Saul will have a target in front of him all night who will use little to no movement and can be hit, he also is facing a guy who has legit pop and who will take a ton of punishment before you can get him out of there.

 

Besides the post Mayweather records, other part of the curse include the chase. It’s the chase of a rematch or in other words, a big payday. In doing so guys have taken fights and picked opponents they should not have in hope of gaining Floyd’s attention again. The best example of this is Oscar De la Hoya. After fighting Floyd in a record breaking & close PPV bout, Oscar lobbied hard for a rematch. To prepare himself for it he took on Steve Forbes in May of 2008. Oscar looked sluggish & barely pulled off the win. But with Floyd “retired”, Oscar went to chase the other cash cow at the time in Manny Pacquiao. The result being Oscar looking slow, old and getting battered to the point of quiting on his stool at the end of the eighth round and never fighting again. Saul has never turned down the idea of facing Floyd again in the future, but to his credit he seems more focused on other fights that can be made and becoming a title holder.

 

So what about the long term career outlook for Saul Alvarez in the post Mayweather portion of his career? Well, the numbers don’t look great here. Again nine fighters have had fights after their encounter with Floyd (we’re still waiting on Robert Guerrero) and in a total of 49 fights, they went 25 Wins, 22 Losses, one Draw and one No Contest. When Floyd beat some of these guys, they had already been through wars and were not at their peak (Cotto, Arturo Gatti and Juan Manuel Marquez). Although, he did fight a prime Zab Judah in 2006 and even dropped a few early rounds, he took control in the back half of the fight. Zab did go on & win a world title, only to crumble when he would get in big fights and holds a “PF” record of 8-5 1NC.

 

It’s Canelo’s youth that I see being the key to him breaking the curse. He is only 23 and will still grow and learn as a fighter. He is looked upon by his promoter Golden Boy as the future, so I look for them to protect him and build him back up strategically. They better hope that the live dog “El Perro” Angulo knows how to sit when told.

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Photos/Quotes: Canelo – Angulo Press Conference

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LOS ANGELES (Jan. 21, 2014) – Hundreds of fans turned out on a Tuesday afternoon to witness up close and personal Mexican boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez, fan favorite Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo and four other world-class action fighters for a jam-packed press conference hosted by Golden Boy Promotions to formally announce “TOE TO TOE: Canelo vs. Angulo,” a fantastic four-fight telecast on Saturday, March 8, on SHOWTIME PPV ® from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas .

Joining the popular main event fighters at the Los Angeles Central Public Library Outdoor Plaza undefeated Two-Division World Champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz, former Three-Time World Champion Cristian “El Diamante” Mijares and Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez, a brother of Canelo Alvarez,

In what will be a slugfest in the March 8 main event, Canelo (42-1-1, 30 KO’s), of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will make his return to the ring to face the fearless Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s), of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. In three 12-round world title fights on an all-action pay-per-view undercard, unbeatenWBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Santa Cruz (26-0-1, 15 KO’s), of Los Angeles by way of Huetamo, Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico, will defend his title against Mijares (49-7-2, 24 KO’s), of Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico; unbeaten Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KO’s), of McAllen, Texas, will risk his WBC Interim Lightweight Title against Ricardo Alvarez (23-2-3, 14 KO’s), of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and Chicago’s “King” Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KO’s) will defend his IBF Junior Middleweight Championship against undefeated Jermall Charlo (17-0, 13 KO’s), of Houston.

Tickets are on sale and priced at $600, $400, $200, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, with a total ticket limit of 10 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Before fighter introductions and a press conference that was streamed live on the SHOWTIME Sports website officially began, a nervous Angulo had several inches of his shoulder-length hair cut. It will be donated to Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, who emceed the proceedings, and Stephen Espinoza, executive vice president and general manager, SHOWTIME Sports, were the first to speak at the podium, followed by the fighters.

Schaefer mentioned that “almost 6,000” seats had already been sold for the event and that he expected “a full house.” Espinoza announced that ALL ACCESS: Canelo vs. Angulo would premiere on Friday, Feb. 29, on SHOWTIME with Episode 2 on Wednesday, March 5.

In the top bout preceding the pay-per-view telecast, former two-time World Champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares (35-3, 23 KO’s) will face Nihito Arakawa (24-3-1, 16 KO’s) in a 10-round lightweight match.

See below for quotes from the boxers and executives:

CANELO ALVAREZ, Former Super Welterweight World Champion “Alfredo Angulo is a very strong fighter, and he knows how to come forward. He knows how to throw a punch and take a punch and he comes to fight.

“I’m sure you want to see a fight and you don’t want to see a guy who is going to be running all night. “I’ve prepared myself very well to give you all a great fight. I’m glad Alfredo has some fans here today, but my fans are better.

“I can’t tell you all the things I learned from my last fight [against Floyd Mayweather on a record-shattering pay-per-view event last September], but there is a long list. I don’t take it as a loss. I take it as a learning experience. And that is what’s going to keep me going. That’s the greatest thing about this sport. You learn and you move on.

“We have two different styles and you really can’t compare the two. Angulo’s aggressive. I’ve fought bigger guys but I see him as a middleweight coming down to super welterweight.

“We offered this fight to [Miguel] Cotto first, but he wasn’t ready. We wanted to give you guys, the media, and the fans this fight. This is for the fans.

“Losing is part of boxing. Muhammad Ali lost and he’s still the greatest of all time. So a loss isn’t going to prevent me from being the future of boxing.”

ALFREDO ANGULO, Former WBO Interim Junior Middleweight World Champion “I’m the same Alfredo Angulo as I’ve always been and I’m going to always give the fans great fights. I think that I earn respect in my fights and March 8 is going to be no different.

“I don’t know if he’s the most powerful fighter I’ve faced, but I know I have to give my all in this fight for my fans. This fight is for the fans.

“What’s this fight going to mean if I win? I don’t know. Once I win, then you can ask that.

“He [Canelo] knows the heart that I have. He’s knows it very well; that the advantage I have over him. “I know I have some doubters. But if you doubt me, go ahead and look up my fights on YouTube.”

CHEPO REYNOSO, Canelo’s Trainer “Like always, we respect Mexican fighters, especially Alfredo Angulo. He’s a tough fighter, a very good fighter and very strong. Thank you for coming out and supporting boxing because there are some great Mexican fighters on this card.”

VIRGIL HUNTER, Angulo’s Trainer “Each man has to come to grips that they are coming off a loss. Alfredo came so close to upsetting [Erislandy] Lara and I’m just pleased he’s getting this fight. I couldn’t be happier for him.

“You can’t say that Alfredo doesn’t deserve this fight because Angulo was up on most of the scorecards in his last fight and Canelo was shut out on his. I think this is as good a time as any and that this fight makes sense. Alfredo has come to understand the importance of defense. Initially he had a disdain for defense but I’ve been teaching him the importance of that aspect of the game.

“Whoever wins this fight is going to have to fight to win it. I’ve called this a must-win fight for Canelo to stay relevant and I think he definitely has something to prove.”

LEO SANTA CRUZ, Two-Division World Champion “I’m very happy and I’m very prepared for this fight. Mijares is a great fighter.

“When I was in the beginning of my career, I used to see him fight. I once sparred against Jose Navarro to help him fight against Mijares. I watched that fight and I know that he’s a great fighter that will give me a tough fight.

“We come 100 percent ready and we’re trying to the fans a great fight. Hopefully, it’s one of the best fights of the night.”

CRISTIAN MIJARES, Former World Champion “I’m very happy to be on such a big card like this, in the co-main event of the big fight between Canelo and Angulo.

“I’m motivated because I’m coming back. I know it’s going to be a very good fight against Leo Santa Cruz because he’s a very good fighter.

“I’m motivated. I’m coming here to win, I’m coming here to be a world champion. I’m not going to give away anything. I’m expecting to win. It’s going to be a war. That’s all I’ve got to say.”

RICARDO ALVAREZ, Top Lightweight Contender “I know this is a big opportunity for me. I understand this opportunity that my promoter has given me. Figueroa is very aggressive and styles make fights so I know it’s going to be a great fight.

“I’m motivated. I know I can make history for me and my family [if triumphant, it will mark the first time three Mexican-born brothers have won a world title]. We made history once before in Mexico when all six of my brothers and I fought on the same card. I want to make history again.”

RICHARD SCHAEFER, Golden Boy Promotions CEO “This fight is like an infomercial. You remember when you were ready to order and they’re like: ‘Wait, there’s more.’ That’s what this card is; one great fight after the other. Action-packed.

“This is the kind of card you want to make sure to have the carne asada and the cerveza ready when the first fights go live on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View at 6 o’clock.”

STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive Vice President, General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports “This is a boxing card that has everything for the true fight fan. Canelo Alvarez is taking on the most dangerous opponent of his career in Alfredo Angulo, who is perhaps the strongest puncher and fighter that Canelo has yet face and I have no doubt this fight will be an action fight for as long as it lasts.”

Photo Credit: Hogan Photos (Golden Boy Promotions)
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Photo Credit: Esther Lin (Showtime)
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