On basketball's most glamorous stage, we debated and went nuts over the Spurs' and the Heat's "Big Three."
In the coming months, we are about to redirect that insane passion towards boxing as the sport has come up with its own version of the "Big Three." To be specific, these: Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul Alvarez, Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Timothy Bradley, and Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios. If you were told that you would be dating Solenn Heusaff, Cristine Reyes and Sam Pinto in the next three months, we're pretty sure you'll be acting like you've won the biggest prize in Grand Lotto history. These upcoming fights—happening in September, October, and November respectively—are pretty much the pugilistic equivalent of such a dream scenario.
Three future Hall of Famers, three undefeated champions, three consecutive months, three all-time greats versus three rising stars. Good things come in threes, they say, so here we'll give you another: three factors per encounter that make every single one as compelling as Game of Thrones. Put those fists up, brothers!
September 15, 2013 (Manila time) - Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez
Factor 1 - Mayweather faces Thor's legitimate baby bro.
Floyd has been accused of ducking fighters whose physical attributes and abilities are at least comparable to his ridiculously high talent level. You have to hand it to him this time around. This September he'll be facing an imposing figure who straight out looks like a warrior from Asgard, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. He is labeled "Canelo," which is Spanish for cinnamon, because of his red hair. Mayweather's next foe is a big strong guy whose knockout power is about as destructive as Thor's mystical hammer, Mjolnir.
Factor 2 - Mayweather, trying to become the people's champ?
Money-May has been defying for years his critics' and fans' demands for him to be in a real superfight. So saying YES to the public clamor for him to meet the dangerous red-headed Mexican came as a shocker—and, at the same time, a welcome surprise to all of us. Mayweather gave the people what they wanted. What's that all about? Maybe Floyd wants to take out the bad taste he may have left on the mouths of those who fell asleep during his latest snoozefest, err, slugfest. Or maybe he's turning over a new leaf.
Whatever his reasons may be, a crowd-pleasing performance against a force like Alvarez should help forward his cause in transitioning to the role of People's Champ.
Factor 3 - The Pacquiao Angle
If Mayweather dominates again, calls for a Pacquiao fight may begin to snowball anew—provided Pacman handles his business (more on that later). Manny has suffered consecutive setbacks that may prevent the long-overdue fight to become the killer avalanche it once was. But if he comes back strong, the Mayweather-Pacquiao appeal will certainly regenerate, Wolverine-style. There's hope yet, fight fans!
Oh, in case you don't know who Alvarez is, he's a pretty strong guy as proven by his highlights video below:
NEXT: Juan Manuel Marquez meets Timothy Bradley, Pacquiao tangles with Rios
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