SAN DIEGO, September 21, 2013 – Showtime will replay last weekend’s pay per view main event and co-feature from “The One” tonight at 9 p.m Eastern and Pacific Time on its standard, HD and Spanish language channels.
The main event, for anyone who just crawled out from under a rock, featured the undefeated Floyd Mayweather (now 45-0, 26 KOs) and previously undefeated Canelo Alvarez of Mexico (now 42-1-1, 30 KOs).
While Mayweather is an acknowledged defensive genius, his fights are not always the most entertainment he’s got to offer. The spectacle and celebrity that is Money Mayweather is always a good time, although sometimes in the way Honey Boo Boo and other reality TV spectacles are a good time. Looking for the famous faces among the crowd with Mayweather is a sport in itself. Mayweather purchased several hundred tickets for his family and friends to attend the sold-out fight.
Canelo Alvarez is already a superstar in Mexico. At age 23 he’s got a lot to learn, and stepping into the ring with Mayweather win or lose was a smart move for him. Enjoy seeing a fighter who’s still got a lot of potential to develop.
For sheer boxing enjoyment, the far better fight and the best fight of the entire card was the 140-pound junior weltrweight contest between undefeated Danny “Swift” Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) of Philadelphia and hard-hitting Lucas “La Machina” Matthysse (34-3-0, 32 KOs) of Argentina.
In Garcia’s last few fights, he took out Amir Khan and the fading champion Erik Morales with ease, and won a unanimous decision against an impressive effort by a determined Zab Judah. He has come into fights as the underdog numerous times, and he’s never lost.
Matthysse, nicknamed “The Machine,” is a knockout artist. Out of 34 fights, he won 32 of them by knockouts. Most of those happened within the first four rounds. Matthysse bulldozed straight over Lamont Peterson in May, dropping him in the second round and twice in the third before the fight was stopped, Journeyman Mike Dallas Junior was knocked out just 2:26 into the first round by Matthysse in January.
The questions for fight fans about Garcia and Matthysse were these: Could Garcia stand up to Matthysse’s power? Could he hurt Matthysse? Could either of them take punishment from the other? If the fight went beyond the first few rounds, could either boxer generate enough energy to get through the fight?
Enjoy this well-matched contest and you’ll have a new appreciation for both boxers, the best possible outcome for a fan. Then stick around and watch Mayweather vs. Canelo, especially since you saved $75 or so by waiting until tonight to see the fight.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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