After Floyd "Money" Mayweather's complete domination of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, in which he won for the 45th time in a row, by a majority decision of 114-114, 116-112, 117-111, there is absolutely no point in setting up a Mayweather vs. Canelo rematch.
After all, why rehash what we already know?
The stats of the bout point to just how badly Money beat Canelo. Showtime Sports broke down the final punching stats:
#ShoStats: Percentage of Total Punches Landed/Thrown thru 12 Mayweather 45.941% Canelo 22.243%— SHO Stats (@SHOStats) September 15, 2013
Mayweather connected on more than double the punches that Canelo did. It was a masterclass performance that illustrated why Money is so good.
So why redo it? We know conclusively that Mayweather is a smarter, more efficient boxer than Canelo. And while there's no doubting that Canelo is a fine boxer—after all, he still has only one career loss—he's not, at least not yet, in the same league as Mayweather.
Would You Watch a Mayweather-Canelo Rematch?
Of course, as always, money will play a factor. The bout on Saturday night drew $100 million from pay-per-view, according to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com, and there was a sellout crowd of 16,746 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The powers that be are going to do what they can to make this rematch happen, if only for economic purposes.
But in terms of pure boxing, a rematch makes no sense.
Money absolutely dominated and made Canelo look like an amateur. Mayweather proved—once again—that he's the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. There is no point in doing this all over again, because the same results will happen.
Canelo's best trait is his power, and 30 of his 42 victories have come via the KO. But a fighter is not going to beat Mayweather with a KO. He's too skilled defensively. The best—and only—way to beat Mayweather is to beat him at his own game. You have to outsmart him and be a better defensive boxer. That's not Canelo's strength. That doesn't make him a bad boxer, it just makes him a bad matchup for Money.
So replaying this match makes no sense. Canelo would be made to look foolish again, and Mayweather would just get another victory against an overmatched opponent. It would be quite frankly a little boring.
A better bout would be to pit Money against someone like Manny Pacquiao in a match that has the chance to really invigorate the entire sport. Rehashing Mayweather vs. Canelo would just be more of the same.
Because of the money involved, a rematch between Mayweather and Alavrez is likely, if not probable. But that's a shame. It would be a boring fight and would prove once again what we already know—that Mayweather is the best in the world.