By Alex Luces: In the plains of the eastern, sub-Saharan area in Tanzania, Africa, there is a ritual which is embedded in the DNA of its participants. The young lion, its mane coming fully into form, battling the established pride leader who has held dominion over all it surveys. The dominant male lion must defend his rule until it can no longer fight for victory. One will ascent or remain while the other descents and perhaps, lives to fight again.
Almost 10,000 miles away, a similar ritual will be performed at a familiar venue. September 14, at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada, Floyd "Money" Mayweather will defend his rule over boxing for what seems like the umpteenth time against yet another young, hungry fighter in the shape of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
Mayweather has been atop the boxing throne, both professionally and financially, for nearly a decade. The former Olympic bronze medalist has experienced few challenges inside his natural domain. Only Jose Luis Castillo (in their first fight), Oscar De La Hoya, and Sugar Shane Mosley (for only a quarter of a round) can boast pushing Mayweather to limits he never previously thought possible.
But still he remained, his mane roughly coiffed, yet his rule firmly in place.
Mayweather likes to boast about his undefeated record (44-0, so far). It is of the utmost importance to him. More so than any of the titles he has won. He wants to ascent to a number that he fights to attain, possibly 50. Because while there are many undefeated fighters in boxing, only Rocky Marciano retired the heavyweight ruler and is recognized as the fighter with the most wins to retire undefeated.
August 28, 2013