Even though Floyd Mayweather controlled the entire fight and came away with the win over Canelo Alvarez, the bout will be remembered more for the controversial scorecard more than anything else.
The fight went all 12 rounds, but it was an entirely one-sided affair. Mayweather was clearly landing his shots more cleanly and efficiently, but one judge didn't seem to feel the same way as the hefty majority of viewers.
C.J. Ross, the same judge who had Timothy Bradley beating Manny Pacquiao last year, had the fight as a draw with a score of 114-114. The other two judges had the fight at 117-111 and 116-112. So, rather than a unanimous decision, it was a majority decision. It was the first time that Mayweather didn't win by knockout or unanimous decision since the 2007 fight against Oscar De La Hoya.
Mayweather may still be undefeated at 45-0, but it really isn't fair to him that the ruling was by majority decision. People will be focusing more on the controversy of Ross and her scorecard rather than how dominant Money was in the fight.
The first few rounds were relatively even, but Mayweather had the edge. He did a good job avoiding nearly all of Canelo's shots and was coming back with a few of his own.
Things started opening up in the fourth round, when some bruising started to show around Canelo's left eye. Canelo's fate was finally sealed in the seventh after Mayweather dominated the round. Money started with a nice, clean uppercut, then followed with a flurry of blows that had Canelo looking lost out in the ring.
Looking back at the fight, I really have a problem finding any round where Canelo was hands down the winner. The best I could find was in the eighth, where Canelo was able to stay aggressive and keep close to Mayweather, landing some nice blows and coming back from that brutal seventh.
This was a big win for Mayweather. He moves to 45-0 all time and takes down another undefeated in Canelo, who now drops to 42-1-1 at 23 years old. Mayweather proved at 36 that he can take on anyone, even if they're bigger, younger and possibly stronger.
Instead of focusing on the big win, we will be talking about the Ross decision. It's unfortunate that it has to happen in a sport that's constantly criticized for things like this, but the sport will have to move on.
It was a great fight, but Ross will be in the headlines as much as Money.
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