Australia’s Lovemore Ndou is joining a host of boxing superstars in tipping Floyd Mayweather to beat Saul Alvarez in this weekend’s blockbuster bout in Las Vegas
The 36-year-old Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs), who is universally regarded as the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter, will defend his WBC super welterweight title, while Mexican rising star Alvarez 23 (42-0-1, 30 KOs), will put up his WBC and WBA crowns.
Ndou has ring experience against both men contesting what is regarded as the biggest boxing event of the year.
Former heavyweight world champions Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis, and ageless current IBF light heavyweight title holder Bernard Hopkins, are all tipping a Mayweather victory.
Former IBF junior welterweight world champion Ndou, three-division title winner Anthony Mundine and present WBC super middleweight world champion Sakio Bika are among the Australian boxing luminaries predicting a Mayweather win.
Ndou would have a better idea of the two fighters’ strengths and weaknesses than most.
He dropped a 12-round points decision to Alvarez in Mexico in December 2009 and was Mayweather’s chief sparring partner for four months before the American’s 2007 fight with Ricky Hatton.
“Canelo (Alvarez) has a great record, but he’s built up his record fighting smaller fighters, including myself,” Ndou told AAP.
“The kid has got talent, but just not on the same level as Mayweather..
“Mayweather has got natural talent, but on top of that he works harder than any fighter I’ve ever known.
“That just makes him a superior athlete and I see Mayweather beating him on points.
“Mayweather is just going to school him.”
One Australian who will watch with particular interest is Mundine, who is rated No.11 in the WBC super welterweight division.
Mundine hopes a win over American legend Shane Mosley in Sydney next month will position him for a crack at both Mayweather and Alvarez.
“I think it’s going to be as very, very competitive fight, but I think Mayweather’s defence and smarts is going to get him the win,” Mundine told AAP.
“Even though Alvarez is fast, he just doesn’t have that Mayweather speed.”