Canelo vs. Mayweather 2013: What We Learned from Clash in Las Vegas

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 15, 2013

Sep 14, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates after defeating Canelo Alvarez by a majority decision at their WBC and WBA super welterweight titles fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

Floyd Mayweather Jr. went on to a convincing victory via majority decision over Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Saturday in Las Vegas, according to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com.

The 36-year-old looked as good as he ever has, frustrating the powerful 23-year-old challenger. His defense was there, his counterpunching was there and his conditioning was there. A fight that was supposed to challenge the great's undefeated record ultimately was just another fight.

So, what did we learn from Saturday's clash? 

Let's take a look.

 

Canelo Isn't Ready For Greatness Yet

Alvarez may have outstanding power and be able to connect against inferior opponents, but he showed against Floyd Mayweather Jr. that he is still a class below greatness.

The 23-year-old looked baffled and frustrated as the bout continued on Saturday, looking more ordinary than extraordinary. He connected on 22 percent of his punches, while Mayweather posted an accuracy rate of 46 percent, according to SHO Stats.

Alvarez did get off a few big shots against Mayweather, but he rarely was able to string together a good combination against the defensive-minded American. His defense—one of his most noted weaknesses—was also exposed at times, as Mayweather teed off with counterpunches.

Alvarez is still young, with plenty of room to grow, but he has a ways to go before reaching the upper echelon of boxing's ranks.

 

Floyd Mayweather Has No Competition Right Now

If Alvarez was supposed to be Mayweather's great test, then what now?

Well, that's a good question.

Perhaps Amir Khan is a legitimate opponent for the legend, but, at this point, I'm seriously beginning to have my doubts anyone can even come close to knocking Mayweather off his throne.

Mayweather didn't just beat Alvarez on Saturday—it was a clinic. While many had Mayweather winning the fight, few expected it to be so lopsided. It was disheartening to those who wanted to see someone truly challenge Mayweather's undefeated record before he hangs up his gloves.

Unless Mayweather pushes his career past his contract with Showtime, I wouldn't be surprised if he retires with an undefeated record.

 

Father Time Hasn't Touched Floyd Mayweather Yet

At 36 years of age, you would expect Mayweather to at least be showing some signs of regression.

But he's not. He actually appeared to grow stronger as the fight went into the later rounds on Saturday. He took some big blows, but still stood on his feet. And he is making powerful, skilled fighters look like they are amateurs.

If age is getting to Mayweather these days, he does a pretty good job of hiding it. It doesn't hurt when you rarely get hit in the ring.

 

Twitter Button from <span class=

Related

    Roman Now Mandatory To Miguel Berchelt, Who Hunts For Foe

    Boxing logo
    Boxing

    Roman Now Mandatory To Miguel Berchelt, Who Hunts For Foe

    BoxingScene.com
    via BoxingScene.com

    Anthony Joshua: The Rumors About My Chin - It's All Fake News

    Boxing logo
    Boxing

    Anthony Joshua: The Rumors About My Chin - It's All Fake News

    BoxingScene.com
    via BoxingScene.com

    Manny Pacquiao Return Being Lined Up For Crawford-Horn Card

    Boxing logo
    Boxing

    Manny Pacquiao Return Being Lined Up For Crawford-Horn Card

    BoxingScene.com
    via BoxingScene.com

    Quigg ready to rip Valdez’s WBO title from him on Mar.10

    Boxing logo
    Boxing

    Quigg ready to rip Valdez’s WBO title from him on Mar.10

    Boxing News 24
    via Boxing News 24