Saturday night in the Alamo City the many crooks, boneheads and buffoons who compose boxing’s fractured leadership have fallen backward into a fight genuinely worth watching.Canelo Alvarez is Mexico’s next big thing and Saturday night at the Alamodome he will fight Austin Trout for one of those glittery belts that has three big letters.This has all of the makings of the thrilling fight that was held 20 years ago in the Alamodome, when Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker was robbed in a decision against Julio Cesar Chavez.Both Canelo and Trout are undefeated, have lots of those pretty title belts and at least the presence of mind that boxing needs this night for a little credibility.Boxing needs to promote real fights such as this more than it needs Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s self-promotion.“You don’t see fights like the one you’re going to see Saturday night [often]” said the fight’s big promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, in a news conference on Friday. “Fighters are usually too afraid to take on the best in their division, but not these two.”We’re looking right at you, Fraud Mayweather.Boxing needs Money to follow Canelo and Trout’s lead by taking a risk, and fighting a worthy opponent one more time before he is too old for us to care.The pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, Floyd Mayweather has transformed himself into the Kansas State of boxers, which is why I call him “Fraud.” Rather than schedule someone who can actually give him a fight, he celebrates victories against outclassed opponents who need his money.Mayweather needs to fight someone who can beat him, rather than an opponent who’s in awe of him.Fraud doesn’t know it, but his time is short and he owes it to boxing to give the sport that made his life one more glorious fight against a worthy opponent.Once upon a time someone gave Mayweather his shot and he needs to return the favor by scheduling a real fight. He is 36 and his relevance fades every time he fights a Robert Guerrero, as he will early next month, or that waste of time against Victor Ortiz.There may not be a pro athlete today who plays the traditional media, or social media, any better than Fraud. He has a big mouth, a huge personality and knows how to move the needle with brash, outlandish and arrogant talk.But all of his talk is growing stale because he refuses to fight a genuine opponent who is hungrier to kick his butt than to take the money.At this point in his career, Mayweather has more money than anybody but Apple. He has proven himself to be a dynamic champion. His legacy in this sport is secure, and if he isn’t secure by now, he never will be.Boxing doesn’t need Fraud in order to survive, but he definitely could help it a little bit more.A sport that gave Mayweather so much needs his help by lining up the type of fight that Canelo and Trout are giving fans.But rather than schedule fighters like Canelo or Manny Pacquiao, who could give him a real fight, he gives Guerrero a check disguised as a chance. On May 4, Fraud will defeat Guerrero and claim he was a tough out.It will be a bogus fight but should draw enough pay per view buys to justify the night.Fraud has said he will fight one more time this year, just before the start of the NFL season.It may be his last best chance to create the type of excitement this sport hasn’t enjoyed in years. After that, he will be 37 — and that’s old in boxing.Before he fights again, Alvarez and Trout are doing what Fraud hasn’t — doing right by the sport and fighting each other. This is Quality v. Quality, and a night where both men have so much to gain or lose.To be fair, Alvarez has grown fat on a load of nobodies, too. The difference is he is 22, and is now fighting a guy who can beat him. This fight happened because the fighters wanted to take a risk.The scene in the Alamodome should pop with what will be a massively pro-Alvarez crowd of roughly 40,000.Both fighters want this and should willingly engage from the opening bell through all 12 rounds.The judges are going to be terrible because that’s what they do.It’s the type of night that Mayweather needs to arrange just one more time before we no longer care.
Mac Engel, 817-390-7697 Twitter: @macengelprof