Mayweather vs Canelo 2013: Money Dominated Despite Controversial Decision
It doesn't matter what any of the judges said on Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather dominated Canelo Alvarez on the way to his 45th career win.
Rather than winning by unanimous decision, Mayweather was ruled the winner by majority decision after the fight went the distance. C.J. Ross—the same judge who had Timothy Bradley beating Manny Pacquiao back in 2012—had the fight as a draw by a score of 114-114. The other two judges had Mayweather winning handily 117-111 and 116-112.
Mark Ortega from Ring Magainze gives us a picture of the official scorecard.
Final scorecard. pic.twitter.com/QXvxeHMy2p— Mark Ortega (@MarkEOrtega) September 15, 2013
Mayweather improved his undefeated record to 45-0 while giving Canelo his first-ever loss, dropping Alvarez to 42-1-1 in his career.
Looking at the entire fight, it's easy to see how Mayweather won.
Coming out of the gate, Canelo certainly looked much bigger than Money. That didn't scare Floyd, however and he was able to land some nice shots throughout the early rounds.
The first three rounds were closer than the rest, but it felt like Mayweather had the edge. He avoided a lot of Canelo's shots and landed his own more cleanly.
In the fourth, things started to open up. There was some obvious bruising on Alvarez's left eye, and Floyd was landing some stronger shots.
The fifth and sixth provided some more shots by Floyd. Canelo was able to land some nice ones in the sixth, and even started jawing at Floyd, but Mayweather wrapped up the round with a very strong finish.
The seventh opened things wide open for Floyd. It started when Mayweather went for an uppercut and landed it perfectly. Canelo started to look lost, and Money landed shot after shot and ripped him apart.
Somehow, Canelo was able to stay aggressive after the demoralizing round. He landed a couple of shots in the eighth, ninth and tenth, but he simply couldn't find Floyd on his attempts.
The last few rounds were quite uneventful, as Floyd knew that he was going to win and coasted to the finish.
Even at 36 years old, Mayweather controlled the fight against the much younger Canelo. Myron Medcalf from ESPN probably summed it up the best.
If a 23-year-old with power, speed, size and youth can't beat Floyd, who can?— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) September 15, 2013
It was complete dominance for Mayweather, regardless of what the judges said, and he will take the win as he continues his incredible undefeated career.
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