Saul "Canelo" Alvarez may have lost his fight with Floyd Mayweather in a convincing fashion, but that shouldn't discount Canelo's abilities as an elite fighter in the sport.
From the very beginning of the fight, it was in the cards that Mayweather would score another one of his inevitable victories. Alvarez certainly didn't lose as a result of a lack of trying, but he simply couldn't catch Mayweather in order to do any damage.
Not to mention, Alvarez kept getting rocked by countless lightning-quick blows courtesy of Mayweather. There are few older fighters who can look more youthful than Alvarez, but Money had no problem doing it.
This result wasn't all that surprising.
You'll hear the argument over and over again that Canelo was too raw and inexperienced to beat Money on such a big stage. At 23 years old, that thought process certainly makes sense, considering Canelo has never fought anyone in the same universe as Mayweather talent-wise.
That's because fighters like Mayweather come around only once in a generation. Canelo may be good, but Mayweather is legendary, and his dismantling of Alvarez only served to prove that point more.
Does this loss diminish Alvarez's career?
Canelo's loss is less of a knock against him and more of a result of coming up against an unbeatable fighter who has crushed several other opponents in his past. Alvarez wasn't the first to meet such an impossible test to pass, and he certainly won't be the last.
Alvarez has great power, but Mayweather just can't be hit. Canelo also possesses great speed, but he just isn't as fast as Money. Alvarez is a smart fighter, but Mayweather's boxing intelligence can't be topped.
Anything Canelo can do great, Mayweather can do much better.
That doesn't mean Alvarez isn't good because he definitely is, having won 42 fights in his career, and he did beat Austin Trout to get to this fight. He just isn't special at this point in his career, and while that day may come down the road, it didn't and will never come against Mayweather.
It's doubtful a rematch will ensue after Mayweather's uneventful win, and there's no shame in it for Alvarez. Besides, Canelo doesn't need it anyway, as another showdown would likely end in another loss for the Mexican-born superstar and the inexperienced excuse won't work next time.
So, all that's left for Canelo at this point is to take care of business against all the other fighters not named Mayweather. It's from this point on that Canelo will build his own legacy as a great fighter—he just won't ever be mentioned in the conversation as one of the best of all time like his counterpart.