Another night, another Floyd Mayweather victory.
For the 45th time in a row, "Money" walked away from the canvas as a winner, this time defeating Saul "Canelo" Alvarez via majority decision, 114-114, 116-112, 117-111.
Money, who continues to entrench himself as one of the best boxers in the history of the sport, is now 45-0, while the 23-year-old Alvarez drops to 42-1-1 with the first loss of his career.
Alvarez, an offensive machine, was supposed to give Mayweather one of the biggest tests of his life. But in the end, "The One," despite sky-high hype and anticipation, turned into another clinical display of defense and speed from Money.
Showtime Sports gives us a look at the final punching stats:
#ShoStats: Percentage of Total Punches Landed/Thrown thru 12 Mayweather 45.941% Canelo 22.243%— SHO Stats (@SHOStats) September 15, 2013
As ESPN's Myron Medcalf pointed out, this particular schooling from Money may just suggest he's destined to finish his career with zero notches in the loss column:
If a 23-year-old with power, speed, size and youth can't beat Floyd, who can?— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) September 15, 2013
It was a vintage, mastery performance from Mayweather against a man 13 years younger, and if he looks even half as sharp down the stretch of his career, a loss is certainly not in his future.
The first few rounds were tentative. Canelo seemed intent on showing patience and picking out his shots, but that played right into Money's style. Although the challenger was able to land some hooks and combinations here and there, Mayweather looked as swift and as elusive as ever, sitting back and picking out Canelo with jabs and counterpunches.
The draw ruling from judge C.J. Ross came as a surprise to many.
C.J. Ross' incomprehensible 114-114 score is just the second time in Mayweather's career a judge's scorecard hasn't been in his favor.— Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) September 15, 2013
Showtime Sports gave a look at the lopsided stats through three rounds:
#ShoStats: Total Jabs Landed/Thrown thru 2 Mayweather [20/53, 37.736%] Canelo [9/46, 19.565%]— SHO Stats (@SHOStats) September 15, 2013
#ShoStats: Total Punches Landed/Thrown thru 3 Mayweather [42/106, 39.623%] Canelo [20/102, 19.608%]— SHO Stats (@SHOStats) September 15, 2013
Action picked up in Round 4.
The fighters traded blows, each landing their biggest shots of the night while also showcasing their clear distaste for each other, via Yahoo! Sports Kevin Iole:
Low blow by Canelo hurts Floyd after Floyd lands a right Canelo wont touch gloves— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) September 15, 2013
But while Canelo showed zero fear of the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, it meant very little in the end. Mayweather's exquisite timing and control of the distance were simply on another level, leaving Canelo unable to get anything going.
Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel summed up Mayweather's relaxed attitude, which was indicative of the nature of the entire fight:
Five rounds in and Mayweather does not look at all concerned about Canelo. Taunting and toying with him.— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) September 15, 2013
Canelo seemed to understand the urgency as the rounds continued to seemingly pile up against him. He quickened the pace and showed some of the offensive arsenal he is known for.
Unfortunately for him, all that really did was help show off Mayweather's elite chin and open up Canelo for some bruising shots that further took him out of the fight.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated put it simply:
Canelo fighting with his hands down, Floyd pot shotting him to death. This is a boxing clinic.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) September 15, 2013
With the fight easily in hand, Mayweather coasted in the final rounds of a dominant evening and filed away yet another Hall of Fame performance against a really good opponent who was simply out-classed on every level.