Mayweather vs. Canelo Results: Few Challenges Remain for Money After Win
Is there a viable opponent that can really defeat Floyd Mayweather?
That's the question that has to be posed after Mayweather's dazzling decision win over Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
Heading into this fight, it appeared that Alvarez would be among the most difficult tests of Mayweather's career. He was much younger (13 years Mayweather's junior to be exact) and much bigger as a natural junior middleweight with more than enough power (in theory) to put the flashy Mayweather in danger.
As it turns out, none of that mattered. Mayweather's footwork, elusiveness and speed were once again simply too much for yet another opponent as an admirable effort from Canelo came up short in a majority decision.
Dan Rafael of ESPN tweeted out the scorecards:
Despite the questionable scorecard from judge C.J. Ross, this fight was not close. While Canelo fought admirably, Mayweather consistently left him swinging at air. Money was his typical self, sniping Alvarez from distance and avoiding damage throughout the fight.
Who should Mayweather take on next?
Regardless of how you feel about Mayweather, it was a remarkable thing to watch. But it also begs the question: Is there anyone that can really challenge Money in the ring?
For now, the answer to that question has to be no. Throughout Mayweather's career, he's defeated every challenge set before him. From smaller, quicker opponents like Ricky Hatton, to world-class counter punchers like Juan Manuel Marquez to heavy hitters like Miguel Cotto, Oscar De La Hoya and Canelo Alvarez, Mayweather has seen just about every style and build in his illustrious career.
In all, 45 have stepped up to the plate, and 45 have failed to take away his belt. In fact, as Bryan Armen Graham of Sports Illustrated tweeted, Ross' draw is just the second scorecard that didn't have him as the winner in a fight.
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
That's as dominant as a boxer can possibly be.
It's still very likely that Alvarez is the future of boxing that he was made out to be prior to this fight. But just two fights into Mayweather's six-fight, $300 million deal that he signed with Showtime back in February, it's clear that Mayweather is still going to be the pound-for-pound kingpin for the foreseeable future.
With Alvarez now out of the way, Mayweather's greatest challenge for the rest of his career might be drumming up enough interest in his fights to continue his reign as boxing's greatest pay-per-view draw.
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