Canelo vs. Mayweather: Age Won't Keep Money from Continuing to Win
Floyd Mayweather was able to handle Saul "Canelo" Alvarez quite easily in his 45th win, proving that his age won't be a factor for him for the foreseeable future.
Despite the easy win for Mayweather, it did end up being somewhat of a controversial ending. Rather than being the unanimous victor, Money was named the winner by a majority decision. C.J. Ross gave the two fighters a draw at 114-114, while the other judges scored it 117-111 and 116-112.
At 36 years old, Mayweather looked just fine out there going against a 23-year-old.
Speed was a major advantage for Mayweather throughout the fight, especially on defense. He did an excellent job keeping away from a lot of Canelo's shots, using a great combination of head movement and footwork. At times, it legitimately felt like Money was anticipating punches from Alvarez before he even began to throw them.
It never really seemed like Money was gassed out there, even in later rounds. His best round came in the seventh, and he looked as fresh as he was when the fight started. It started when Mayweather came out of nowhere with a big uppercut, catching Canelo, along with everyone else, completely by surprise.
The shot clearly shook Alvarez, but it only got worse for him in the round. After the uppercut, Mayweather started getting more and more aggressive, landing shot after shot on the Mexican fighter. Canelo started to look lost out there, even if he didn't get knocked down.
By the end of the fight, Floyd knew that he had the whole thing wrapped up. He started slowing the pace down, focusing more on avoiding punches by Canelo than coming back with his own. It seemed to be the best strategy, as he came away with the win and looked just fine afterwards.
The numbers certainly do a good job telling the story. As you can see from this table provided by CompuBox (via ESPN's Dan Rafael), Mayweather was in control.
From ESPN.com, provided by CompuBox
Some were concerned that this could be a fight where Mayweather's age would start to show, but it simply wasn't the case in any way, shape or form. ESPN's Myron Medcalf summed up just how good Mayweather look in the fight.
If a 23-year-old with power, speed, size and youth can't beat Floyd, who can?— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) September 15, 2013
When it comes to boxers, it really doesn't look like there is anyone alive that can beat him. Whether it's rising stars or established and powerful fighters, Mayweather has mowed through the competition with ease.
At this rate, it looks like we will be seeing Mayweather dominate for quite some time.
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