WBC Middleweight Champion Saul Alvarez is 1/4 favourite to beat Amir Khan when the pair face off at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday morning.
But his long-odds-on status shouldn’t be confused for an understanding that he will obliterate the Bolton born Olympic silver medalist.
Nobody with any sense is debating the fact that ‘Canelo’ has far more power at the 154-160lb category than his opponent.
Khan is stepping up from the 147lbs welterweight bracket, at which he hadn’t stopped an opponent in four straight wins by way of unanimous decision.
But that doesn’t mean even money about the challenger hearing seconds out in the ninth round is not a generous assessment by the bwin odds makers.
Having been stopped at both lightweight and super-lightweight level there is little doubt that Khan will paying Canelo maximum respect and zero chance that the suicidal desire to stand and trade he was once mocked for will resurface.
To do otherwise would be to hand the Mexican the winner’s cut of the purse on a silver platter.
Even puffed up to middleweight, the Brit is likely to retain some of the fastest hands in boxing and with them he can affect a similar game plan to that employed by Floyd Mayweather when he took on Alvarez in 2013.
That super welterweight showdown ridiculously saw one judge call the encounter 114-114, but in reality Canelo plodded around for much of the 12 rounds swiping at the Money Man’s shadow.
Three of the Mexican’s four outings since then have gone into double-figure rounds, with two going the distance, including his most recent encounter against veteran Miguel Cotto, himself a former World Super Lightweight boss.
Alvarez’s greater power made little difference against the Pretty Boy and armed with similar amounts of hand speed and elusory elan, Khan can emulate the man he pursued for a fight for so long by going the distance on Cinco de Maio.