Floyd Mayweather Shows No Signs of Decline in Dominating Win over Canelo
Floyd Mayweather just gets better with age.
Going into his highly anticipated bout with emerging star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, many experts were predicting that Money May's time as the sport's unbeatable man was coming to an end.
After all, Canelo entered Saturday's fight with an impressive 42-0-1 record and the size and strength needed to give Mayweather trouble.
But the 36-year-old gave his young challenger a lesson in fighting with a victory by majority decision.
The result was a clear indication that Mayweather's skills are not about to decline, even in the later stages of his career. ESPN's Myron Medcalf summed up the evening perfectly:
If a 23-year-old with power, speed, size and youth can't beat Floyd, who can?— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) September 15, 2013
Overall, his fight with Alvarez wasn't even that close. Showtime Sports provided some interesting statistics on punches landed:
#ShoStats: Percentage of Total Punches Landed/Thrown thru 12 Mayweather 45.941% Canelo 22.243%— SHO Stats (@SHOStats) September 15, 2013
Mayweather was as sharp and quick as he's been in a long time during his fight with Canelo. He used his jab effectively, unleashed a number of quick one-to-two punch combos and defended himself perfectly against Canelo's powerful haymakers.
This graphic from ESPN's John Buccigross provides a look at Mayweather's impressive accuracy versus Alvarez:
Floyd Mayweather def. Canelo Álvarez by majority decision. Mayweather: 45-0 in pro career pic.twitter.com/5JX7TSMZye— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) September 15, 2013
Not only does Money May have the speed and defensive skills to beat the top welterweight fighters, he also has the stamina to outlast them in the later rounds. Being fresher and stronger in the final rounds of a major bout is common among the younger fighters, but Mayweather is the rare veteran who steadily improves after each round.
He's also far better than any of his opponents in making mid-fight adjustments when he's not dominating a fight. His intelligence is an underrated part of his skill set.
The incredible thing about Mayweather at this stage of his career is that he's still determined to prove his doubters wrong despite having a perfect 45-0-0 record.
When you consider his world-class training regiment and the fact that he continually finds ways to motivate himself after each victory, it's difficult to imagine Money May's form declining anytime soon.
As the best boxer of his generation, Mayweather will want to retire before his legendary talent begins to diminish. But now that he's just four victories away from the 50-0-0 mark, expect an even stronger Mayweather to step into the ring over the next few years.
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