Floyd Mayweather proved that he is still the best boxer alive on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, using his mind-boggling skills to cruise to a majority decision victory over Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
One judge submitted a baffling scorecard of 114-114, but the others clearly watched Mayweather control the fight from start to finish, scoring it 116-112 and 117-111 in Money's favor.
It was an easy victory for Mayweather, but it's not as if Canelo rolled over and died. Both fighters had their moments. Canelo's were just few and far between.
Either way, this should be an encouraging performance for Alvarez. The young boxer has a promising career ahead of him, and if he takes note of the following points, he will give Mayweather a better fight in a potential rematch.
What Canelo Did Correctly
For a guy who was eight years old when Mayweather won his first world title, Alvarez showed remarkable composure in the ring. He was on the biggest stage of his career (by far), facing the best opponent of his career (by far), and he didn't look the least bit phased.
It would have been easy for Canelo to become star struck, to let the atmosphere and his opponent overpower his sense of judgement. Instead, he was calm and composed, keeping his emotions in check and his faint hopes of victory alive.
Canelo also impressed with a couple of late flurries. The 23-year-old needed a miracle to win the fight after Mayweather's early dominance, and as he landed a couple of big blows in the waning rounds, it seemed at least remotely possible that he could pull off the upset.
A lesser boxer may have been rocked by Canelo's late-fight right hooks. Unfortunately for the Mexican, he was not fighting a lesser boxer.
What Canelo Did Incorrectly
Although he was easily defeated, Canelo didn't make any egregious mistakes. Mayweather was simply the better fighter, and there was very little that Canelo could have done to retain his unbeaten record.
However, it was disappointing that Alvarez didn't try to bully Mayweather more. He was the much bigger fighter (the commentators claimed his fighting weight was actually 165, about 15 pounds heavier than Mayweather) and really his only shot at winning was to use his bulk to push Mayweather against the ropes and punish him.
Instead, Alvarez was understandably tentative. He was consistently moving forward, but he rarely pressured Floyd. When he did, he ate counterpunch after counterpunch.
It's tough to blame Canelo for not being aggressive, especially when you scroll through the post-fight photos of the boxers who were aggressive against Mayweather (Arturo Gatti's was particularly rough). Still, one has to wonder if he would have been more successful pushing his chips to the center of the table and getting in Floyd's face.
What Mayweather Did Correctly
Damn near everything. Mayweather is simply on a different level, and he showed it on Saturday.
The man is an insanely good boxer, from his read-and-react instincts, to his blinding speed, to his awareness of the ring, his opponent and himself. The 36-year-old was even better than he's been in his past few fights, which is borderline shocking.
What Mayweather Did Incorrectly
Nothing. Mayweather, facing his biggest challenge since Oscar De La Hoya, was magnificent. He evaded punches, absorbed others with his shoulders and attacked with vigor.
Once again, Mayweather's opponent was playing checkers, while Money was playing incredibly violent chess. When Floyd Mayweather fights like he did on Saturday, no one in the world can touch him.