Although "The One" was close early on, Floyd "Money" Mayweather dominated Saul "Canelo" Alvarez late in the bout to secure the victory.
This fight had plenty of intrigue at the beginning, but it ended the way many expected. Mayweather outlasted Alvarez to win via majority decision. It appeared that it would be a unanimous decision, but one judge declared it to be a draw. The judges scored the fight 116-112, 117-111 and 114-114, per Dan Rafael of ESPN.com.
The only way that Canelo stood a chance was getting the knockout. Money is too experienced to beat when a fight goes the distance, so the challenger was going to have to use his strength to his advantage.
Size favored Canelo all the way. The 5'9" fighter weighed in at 152 pounds on Friday, but he showed up to the fight at 165. Mayweather, who showed up at 150 pounds, was the smaller fighter. However, he was the more dominant man in the ring.
The extra weight was supposed to give Canelo the advantage as he went for the knockout. He has 30 knockouts in his career but hadn't gone up against someone of Mayweather's caliber. Instead, he was too slow, which doesn't bode well against Mayweather.
Money didn't go away from his usual strategy. He avoided punches all night, and he made quick counters. Alvarez wore down as the fight went on, and he was lucky to even make it through the 12th round.
Aggressive fighting allowed Money to lead throughout the night, but it wasn't until the later rounds that he secured a victory.
Just how dominant was he after the first few rounds? ESPN Stats and Info shows that Mayweather connected on at least 50 percent of his power punches in every round from the fifth to the 11th. He landed at least 12 jabs in each of the final six rounds.
Mayweather was too elusive on this night. The 36-year-old didn't let his younger opponent land many powerful blows, which allowed him to stay fresh throughout the fight. He secured the victory in the final few rounds by being aggressive and pounding his opponent.
Floyd Mayweather def. Canelo Álvarez by majority decision. Mayweather: 45-0 in pro career pic.twitter.com/5JX7TSMZye— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) September 15, 2013
The stats showed Mayweather's dominance. He landed 44 percent of his punches compared to Alvarez landing only 22 percent, courtesy of CompuBox via Rafael.
His dominant performance near the end led many to wonder if he'd be able to pull off the shutout. It didn't work out that way, but a victory was locked up.
Mayweather improved to 45-0 in his career. The 17-year veteran continued to add to his legacy, and he looked unbeatable with his latest performance. Canelo dropped to 42-1-1, which marked the first time since 2006 that he didn't walk away from a fight with a win.