Floyd "Money" Mayweather took down Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in a classic battle of old versus new, and Mayweather's decisive victory has left some asking whether or not a rematch should be in the works.
Whether or not a rematch will come to fruition remains to be seen (it likely wouldn't come until a few months into 2014), but a rematch would not be a good move for Mayweather's career.
At 45-0, Mayweather has already proven that he can beat the best. He also proved that he can beat Canelo, a feat he accomplished quite handily despite a non-unanimous decision. Mayweather landed nearly 46 percent of his punches, whereas Canelo landed just over 22 percent.
#ShoStats: Percentage of Total Punches Landed/Thrown thru 12 Mayweather 45.941% Canelo 22.243%— SHO Stats (@SHOStats) September 15, 2013
It's obvious that Mayweather had the upperhand in this one.
He more than doubled Canelo's efficiency and dominated the fight in the later rounds. Even though Canelo had the upper hand in power and speed, Mayweather was able to outlast his opponent because of his veteran know-how and experience.
Mayweather has a ton to lose in a potential rematch. He's already beaten Canelo once, but the young fighter could easily adapt in a rematch and pull out the victory.
The numbers show that Canelo didn't fight well, but the eye test brings to the light the fact that Canelo is a really good fighter. With the right preparation and technique, he has the skills to bring down Mayweather.
A rematch would be extremely beneficial to Canelo's career. He's no longer undefeated because of Mayweather, but exacting revenge on the man that gave him his first ever professional loss would be a nice quirk to put on his boxing resume.
Plus, defeating Mayweather would accomplish two other things. For one, it would ruin the perfect record of Mayweather. His pursuit of 50-0 would be over, and his cockiness would be shaken to the point that it might lead to yet another rematch before he chooses to retire.
Secondly, Canelo would learn so much from fighting Mayweather a second time (and potentially beating him) that he'd be able to take on nearly anybody in the boxing world and put up a solid fight.
At this point in their respective careers, the gains are different for each boxer. Canelo would obviously gain a ton—experience and potentially revenge—while Mayweather's only real gain would be monetary—a rematch would probably make him a nice chunk of change.
Who stands to gain the most from a potential rematch?
Mayweather should be quick to shoot it down any rematch offer. He fought twice this year, at the age of 36, and there will likely be a long break until his next fight. If that fight is against Canelo, the Mexican product will have been given ample time to study his opponent.
That's not a good recipe for success if you're a 36-year-old boxer with only a few more good years left.
It'll be interesting to see if the idea of a rematch is floated about the boxing community, but rematches are rarely win-win situations. For one boxer, there are obvious negatives. In this case, Mayweather has entirely too much to lose.