Mayweather vs. Canelo Scorecard: Breaking Down Each Judge's Decision
Floyd “Money” Mayweather defeated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night by majority decision, but the final tally doesn’t properly represent Money’s dominance.
We have C.J. Ross to thank for this confusion. Ross scored the seemingly lopsided bout a draw. She is also one of the judges who awarded Timothy Bradley a decision win over Manny Pacquiao in one of 2012’s most-controversial decisions.
While I can’t come down too hard on her for that decision, as I also saw Bradley as the winner, her scorecard for Mayweather-Alvarez left me scratching my bald head. Ross called the fight a draw despite the fact that Mayweather dominated most of the action. Here’s a look at the official judges’ scores, per BoxRec: Dave Moretti 116-112, C.J. Ross 114-114, Craig Metcalfe 117-111.
A few of the early rounds were close and could have gone either way. I did score two of the last three rounds for Alvarez. Money seemed to slow down and coast, with the fight in the bag. Even with those concessions, it is hard to see a scenario where this fight could be called even.
I scored the fight 117-112 for Mayweather. Mayweather seemed to easily win eight rounds; Alvarez took three and I called the ninth round even. It was easy to see the ideology behind Moretti and Metcalfe's scorecard. Their tallies only differed by a round.
Ross' opinion is the one that will be psychoanalyzed for the next 48 hours by boxing fans all over the world.
By the fifth round, it was clear Mayweather had the fight well in hand. There was never a moment in any round that made you feel Mayweather was in danger of losing the fight.
How would you grade Ross as a judge?
At some point, Ross will be questioned about her scorecard. Most of the boxing world will be all ears for that explanation.
Ultimately, the right man won the fight. At the end of the day, that is what matters most. Still, you can etch Ross' name alongside infamous boxing figures like longtime referee Richard Steele.
Steele was involved in a few controversial stoppages, most notably his involvement in the Meldrick Taylor-Julio Cesar Chavez bout, with Taylor up big on the scorecards in the final round. Chavez dropped him. Taylor was dazed, but he made it to his feet. There was only two seconds left in the fight when Steele stopped the bout (details per BoxRec).
Just as boxing fans roll their eyes at the mention of Steele's name, they will react negatively when Ross is affiliated with any boxing match moving forward.
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