The young, up-and-coming Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was supposed to give Floyd Mayweather Jr. the fight of his life, but, when all was said and done, he was just another tally to tack onto Mayweather's undefeated record.
Mayweather was his usual dominant self against Alvarez on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, winning via majority decision, according to The Associated Press (via ESPN.com). He calmly exposed the Mexican's defense while landing numerous counterpunches as the 23-year-old grew frustrated down the stretch.
Alvarez was able to land some big shots, but they were few and far between. He didn't give any reason to think "upset" until the sixth round, when he landed a big left hook.
But Mayweather calmed him down in the seventh round, withstood a big left hook to the head in the eighth round and then coasted from there.
On Saturday, Mayweather made a fighter many considered to be the future face of the sport look like an average boxer. He toyed with the young Alvarez, bobbing and weaving and using his trademark elbow defense. This was the one fighter many believed had the best chance of defeating Mayweather at this juncture, and it wasn't even close.
Mayweather is now 45-0 for his career. His last two fights haven't even been close, as he showed two powerful punchers in Alvarez and Robert Guerrero that raw power isn't everything.
While Mayweather is 36 years old now, age hasn't shown as much for him as it has for countless others before him. A big reason for that? When you have legendary defense, you don't get hit much. That allows you to naturally last longer in the ring.
A vast contingent of boxing fans keep looking for that one guy who has a glimmer of hope against Mayweather, if only to stir things up and make Mayweather's fights more interesting. Alvarez's convincing loss to Mayweather on Saturday night may have been the toughest to stomach.
Who can upset Floyd Mayweather Jr. at this point?
I honestly can't think of anyone.