Just today I learned this fight was going to take place and I'm really excited to see this fight. Almost more excited for this than I am for the World Cup lol Canelo is coming off a win over Alfredo Angulo and Lara is coming off a win over Austin Trout. Which is funny, because Canelo beat Trout before and Lara beat Angulo before. Both Canelo and Lara beat their last opponents soundly, so this fight is going to be very interesting. It's no secret I'm a big fan of Canelo, yet I did predict Mayweather was going to win. This time though, I'm fully expecting Canelo to beat Lara. I've seen Lara fight against Angulo and against Trout and watched bits of his other fights. I probably don't have the most accurate opinion of him, but I believe I understand the general outline of Lara as a fighter. People make the comparisons with Mayweather and use that as an argument for why Lara will beat Canelo too. However I personally think they're very different fighters. They're both slick counter punchers yes, but Mayweather's defense is better than Lara's. Let's get that out of the way right now. Mayweather would never get knocked down (twice) by someone like Angulo or pretty much anyone else for that matter, so that's one thing where they're not equal. Another thing is style. Lara is a very clean fighter from what I've seen. Mayweather however, neutralizes his opponents completely and tends to fight on the edge of what is allowed by the ref. I haven't seen that from Lara. He did not shut down Angulo, he just kept whacking him with counter lefts until Angulo quit. So I don't expect to see a similar fight to Canelo vs Mayweather. If Lara is not able to neutralize Canelo, he is in for a lot of trouble. Canelo's chin is crazy, so he can't do the same to him like he did to Angulo and Canelo also has much better defense. If Lara wants to beat Canelo, he's going to have to jab all night and run away before Canelo can plant his feet. If he continuously stops momentarily like he did against Angulo, I really think Canelo is going to knock him out. However, my opinion of Lara is incomplete and I've seen that some of the mappers here think highly of Lara, so I'm interested in hearing what you guys have to say. Don't hold back!