It really wasn't close. Despite all the hype, Floyd Mayweather beat Saul "Canelo" Alvarez by a majority decision of 114-114, 116-112, 117-111 Saturday.
Mayweather connected on more than double the punches that Canelo did, as per Showtime Sports:
#ShoStats: Percentage of Total Punches Landed/Thrown thru 12 Mayweather 45.941% Canelo 22.243%— SHO Stats (@SHOStats) September 15, 2013
In reality, Alvarez was not a good matchup for Mayweather. Mayweather is too quick and too good with his counterpunches, while Canelo is really just a one-trick pony.
Despite the fact that he was dominated, Canelo still deserves a rematch with Floyd Mayweather.
For one, he is still probably the best fighter that Mayweather can face. Manny Pacquiao has lost his last two fights and he is not the same fighter he was a few years ago. While that fight would bring in more viewers, it would not be as good a boxing match.
Secondly, Canelo is still a great fighter. He has just one loss in his career, and with a shift in strategy, he could beat Mayweather.
Is Canelo Deserving of a Rematch?
Alvarez has the potential to take on the boxing crown from Mayweather.
He's young, good-looking and has a ready-made fanbase from his native Mexico. He proven he can be a big draw, as Saturday night's fight drew $100 million from pay-per-view, according to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com. The MGM Grand in Las Vegas was filled to capacity with 16,746 people. Canelo is a draw, and because so much of boxing is driven by money, he will provide Mayweather with another great opportunity to stuff his pockets.
Canelo is just 23 years old and has a great boxing career ahead of him. He shouldn't be punished for losing to the best fighter in the world right now. Rematches happen all the time in boxing, and Canelo deserves another chance to duke it out with Money.
Will it happen? Potentially.
The fight did bring in a lot of money, and a rematch could bring in more. But there shouldn't be a rematch just based on money. No, a rematch is deserved because Canelo is a great fighter, with one of the best power punches out there, and now that he's faced Money once, he'll be better prepared the second time.
Will Canelo beat Money if he's given a second chance?
That remains to be seen, but his chances of doing so are significantly higher after the first time. Canelo knows what's it like to step into the ring with Mayweather and he can adjust his strategy to be more effective.
It should happen, and given the potential economics of the deal, it probably will happen. But if you take away the economic aspect of it, it's pretty clear that Canelo is well deserving of a second chance.