MANILA, Philippines – World Boxing Council (WBC) president Don Jose Sulaiman expects boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to go the distance when they meet in the ring on September 14 in Las Vegas.
The bout, which will be held at a catchweight of 152-pounds, sees the unbeaten American Mayweather face a tough test in the hard-hitting 22-year-old Alvarez.
Sulaiman did not predict who will win the bout, but told Miguel Rivera of Boxing Scene that it will likely last the whole 12 rounds.
“I do not think the fight will be decided by a knockout. I think it will got to a decision,” Sulaiman said.
He explained his prediction, saying: “Both fighters have the ability to survive, adjust and hit hard, but neither has an overwhelming punch. Because of their styles, I see a twelve round fight.”
The WBC boss also expects a “very tough fight” for both Alvarez and Mayweather, especially in light of the Mexican’s improvement as a fighter.
“Saul Alvarez is a great champion, improves in every fight, uses his distance well, (and) throws very precise combinations that hurt,” Sulaiman said.
Mayweather is fighting for the second time in 2013 after outclassing Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in Las Vegas last May.