Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s mega fight with Manny Pacquiao should've revived the fans' falling interest in boxing, but it did the complete opposite. The downright boring bout after so much hype disappointed casual fans and alienated people boxing even more.
But fortunately, we have young bucks like Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, who frequently demonstrate with their talent that boxing is not the snoozefest that Mayweather and Pacquiao made it out to be.
On Saturday, he knocked out James Kirkland in just the third round of their super welterweight bout. Alvarez connected with an overhand right and sent the Texan pugilist crashing down at Houston's Minute Maid Park.
It isn't just the devastating KO that separates Alvarez's exciting style with Mayweather's defensive approach. The redheaded Mexican is just 24 but has already had 45 fights in his professional career, just three less than Mayweather.
The sole loss of his career came against none other than Mayweather himself in 2013. But instead of counting that against him, he deserves credit as he risked his then-unbeaten career for a chance of slugging it out with the champ. He failed but didn't duck a top opponent, something that can't be said about Pretty Boy. Moreover, two of his last three fights have resulted in knockouts. Mayweather, meanwhile, hasn't had a KO in four years.
In the light of this, it wouldn't be inappropriate at all to suggest that Alvarez is everything that Mayweather isn't.