Mayweather vs. Canelo Winner: Money's Easy Victory Adds to Legendary Status

Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 15, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 14:  (L-R) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a right to the head of Canelo Alvarez during their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Floyd Mayweather (45-0) met expectations and took care of business against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (42-1-1) with a puzzling majority decision victory to retain his hardware and undefeated record.

The majority decision was a joke, really. It was clear from beginning to the end that Mayweather dominated in the points and it wasn't even that close.

While Canelo remained respectable throughout the fight, Money was just too fast and evasive for Alvarez to catch him and put any devastating combinations together. That was to be expected as Mayweather's abilities as a defensive fighter are second to none in the history of the sport and that was on full display once again against Alvarez.

Canelo just couldn't avoid Money's fast hands, either. Any time Canelo tried to get in close and make something happen, Money would snap his head back with a jab or catch him with a hook in close to create space.

It was no doubt a free lesson from the teacher (Mayweather) to his student (Alvarez). The result has left the rest of us wondering just who on this planet can beat Mayweather?


Money's Legacy

Mayweather's legacy is already rock solid and he has gained recognition as one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters ever before this fight. Granted, he didn't necessarily need this victory to further his status, but a loss certainly would have changed things in regard to his all-time unbeatable stature.

Detractors of Mayweather have criticized him in recent years because of his inability to get a fight with Manny Pacquiao together. That has led to boxing fans accusing Mayweather of ducking tougher opponents, which wasn't helped at all by rapper 50 Cent who admitted that's exactly what Money has done in the past.

But there's nothing anyone can say now. Pacquiao has fallen off the face of the earth after losing two matches in a row and Money moved on to and beat the best opponent available with no problem.

On top of that, at the age of 36, Money served a beatdown and looked more youthful than his 23-year-old counterpart. The only defense of Canelo's lackluster performance will be that he wasn't ready to take on this opponent, however that shouldn't diminish Money's win since clearly Alvarez wanted this fight.

Old or young, Money has faced the best and beat the best throughout his career. Alvarez is just another stepping stone to legendary status and was yet another test passed with flying colors for Mayweather.

It remains to be seen if a rematch will happen between Mayweather and Alvarez, but Alvarez's performance certainly didn't garner the boxing world watching this matchup again with Mayweather making him look average.

Whatever the case may be, until Mayweather finally gets beaten by someone, his incredible legacy will remain intact as the king of boxing and one of the best to ever live.