Mayweather vs. Canelo Results: Money Proves He's Still King of the Sport
Floyd “Money” Mayweather (45-0) yet again answered all the questions and silenced all the doubters with a virtuoso performance. He displayed uncanny speed and defensive wizardry in handing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1) his first loss on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
In the process, he snatched Canelo’s WBC light middleweight title and reaffirmed his spot as the best fighter on the planet. Mayweather’s WBA super world light middleweight title was on the line but will stay with the pound-for-pound champ after the win.
In a baffling scoring detail, judge C.J. Ross called the fight a draw. Because of this, the fight was ruled a majority-decision win for Money as opposed to the unanimous decision that seemed most sensible. Despite Ross’s inexplicable scorecard, Mayweather dominated this bout.
Per BoxRec, the official scorecards read as followed:
Dave Moretti 116-112, C.J. Ross 114-114, Craig Metcalfe 117-111.
Love him or hate him, you have no choice but to respect Mayweather’s skill level.
For nearly all of the 12 rounds, Mayweather outclassed a world-class opponent who is 13 years his junior. There were few anxious moments in the fight for Mayweather and his fans. Money did seem to slow down towards the end of the bout, but Alvarez wasn’t able to mount any significant offense during that time.
Despite being thoroughly taken to school by a master of the sport, Alvarez has nothing to be ashamed of.
The performance and heart he showed in this fight would result in a win against almost any other fighter in his weight range in the world. He will have his reign as boxing’s next pound-for-pound champion, but that time will have to come after Mayweather has hung up the gloves.
By the fifth round, it was apparent Mayweather was again head and shoulders above another opponent. Early on Mayweather was tentative and respected the power of the young star, but ultimately he found his comfort zone and made it look easy for most of the night.
It is hard to know who’s next on Mayweather’s list. Perhaps Danny Garcia could be the next challenger to Mayweather’s mythical pound-for-pound crown. Garcia defeated Lucas Matthysse in the co-featured bout on Saturday.
No matter who steps up to challenge Mayweather next, they must be ready to face an all-time great who seems to be aging like a fine wine.
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