Mayweather vs. Canelo Replay: Detailing Biggest Moments of Explosive Fight

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 15, 2013

Sep 14, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. (blue gloves) and Canelo Alvarez battle during their during their WBC and WBA super welterweight titles fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. took on another hungry challenger on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and promptly added another win to his undefeated record.

The 36-year-old earned a victory via majority decision over Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Saturday, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com). He is now 45-0 for his career.

There were some bright moments for the 23-year-old Mexican challenger, but not many. Here's a look at some of the biggest moments from the fight.

 

Round 4

Things began to heat up in the fourth round. Alvarez started with a body blow, but Mayweather responded with a combination of his own. Moments later, Mayweather was hit with a low blow.

Alvarez was much more busy in this round, attempting to make up for the disparity in hand speed. For a moment, it looked like he may actually start to get back into the bout. But right at the end, Mayweather put together a string of punches that closed the round for him.

In a round that featured a more determined Alvarez and an irritated Mayweather, it all added up to an advantage for the champion.

 

Round 5

This is where Mayweather really began to turn things up a notch. He began to pepper Alvarez with counter shots. Then he became the aggressor, landing a right and following it up with a combination. 

The 36-year-old clearly began to overwhelm the youngster from there, pinning him against the ropes and then alternating with lefts and rights.

This is when Alvarez began to look particularly frustrated, unable to gain any kind of advantage over the veteran. Not only that, the chants of "Ca-ne-lo" were turning into chants of "U-S-A." The challenger was losing the crowd.

 

Round 7 

As the two fighters battled in the corner, Mayweather exploded with his most vicious combination of the night, sending Alvarez reeling with a lightning-quick one-two. 

Alvarez was clearly beginning to tire at this point, which only made things worse for him. Mayweather was not only easily dodging the challenger's attempts at this point, he was also landing big shots, including a couple of jabs followed by a thudding left uppercut.

 

Round 8

This round essentially marked the last true threat Alvarez would give Mayweather.

The powerful Mexican backed Mayweather into the ropes first, landing some body shots before Mayweather slithered away. Then he connected on his biggest shot of the night, a thundering left hook to the champion's head.

But at a time when Alvarez needed to build on the momentum and take the round, he floundered. Mayweather backed him back up with some power shots of his own, testing Alvarez's defense and conditioning. It was a deflating end to a round that Alvarez should have won.

 

From there, Mayweather coasted to victory, content to ease back and hand the decision over to the judges.

Interestingly enough, one judge—a certain C.J. Ross—scored the bout even, despite the other two judges scoring it 117-111 and 116-112. You may remember that Ross was the same judge that took Timothy Bradley Jr. over Manny Pacquiao in Pacquiao's controversial loss in June 2012.

Even when there should be no drama in boxing, there always seems to be some lurking.

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