‘Money’ taunts not hurting

Floyd Mayweather insists he will keep his perfect 44-0 record intact against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez next week, but the omens are that the “Money” man may be dethroned.

All challengers and their backers talk up their chances, and in Alvarez’s case, his biggest cheerleader is Oscar De La Hoya, Golden Boy Promotions owner, who openly admits he despises Mayweather.

De La Hoya narrowly lost on points to brash Mayweather six years ago and there is a residual bitterness that the Golden Boy just cannot shake off.

“There is still a little thorn in my side toward Mayweather that still hurts,” he said through gritted teeth.

Mayweather, 36, meets Alvarez in a light-middleweight match made at 152 pounds at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sept. 14. At stake are the WBC light-middle and WBA super light-middle belts.

Alvarez is unbeaten, too, with 42 victories, including 30 knockouts and one draw. For a 23-year-old, he appears mature beyond his years and has seemed totally unaffected by Mayweather’s typical taunts.

Mayweather’s constant rants and put downs always gives him the edge even before the fight starts, but that tactic is reaching hollow ears this time.

De La Hoya predicts not only victory for his fighter but a knockout before the eighth round.

“That’s my personal position and that’s my personal feeling. That’s how I feel that the fight will pan out,” said De La Hoya.

“In boxing, anything can happen, and in boxing, any punch can land and knock you out. So, my feeling is that a fighter like Alvarez has what it takes to land that perfect punch.”

De La Hoya lost narrowly on points to brash Mayweather six years ago and there is a residual bitterness that the Golden Boy just cannot shake off.

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