Canelo vs. Mayweather: Age Doesn't Appear to Be Slowing Floyd Down
At 36 years old, Floyd Mayweather proved to the world that his age is not a factor for now as he handled Saul "Canelo" Alvarez rather easily Saturday night.
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The win couldn't be free of drama, however. The fight clearly felt like Mayweather had been in control the entire time, yet he won by majority decision rather than a unanimous one. C.J. Ross, the same judge that had Timothy Bradley beating Manny Pacquiao, scored the fight as a draw at 114-114 while the other judges had Money winning quite easily at 117-111 and 116-112, via Brent Brookhouse of SB Nation.
Age neither slowed Money down or made his shots any less powerful. The first few rounds felt pretty even with a slight edge to Money solely due to the fact that he was doing such an impressive job of avoiding Canelo's shots.
Mayweather's shots looked to start showing some damage on Alvarez in the fourth round, with some bruising starting to show around Canelo's left eye.
The fight continued as Canelo kept trying to throw punches and Mayweather kept avoiding them. It was truly impressive to watch, and at times, it seemed that Mayweather was anticipating punches before Canelo even decided to throw them.
Things really opened up in the seventh when Mayweather started landing a flurry of big punches. It all started with a beautifully clean uppercut that Canelo clearly wasn't expecting, and then, it was followed shortly after by a number of big shots to the head.
Mayweather simply picked Alvarez apart, and he all but sealed Canelo's fate in the round.
Even as the fight progressed, there seemed to be little sign of fatigue. Mayweather was certainly less aggressive, but that seemed to be because he understood that the fight was his more than it being due to being worn out.
It's hard to believe that Mayweather has been able to stay atop the fighting world for so long, but eventually things will come to an end. Thirty-seven seems to be a magic number for fighters just looking at some of the legends of the past.
|Bernard Hopkins||13-4-1 (active)|
|Roy Jones Jr.||7-4|
|Shane Mosley||3-3-1 (active)|
|Sugar Ray Robinson||32-13-3|
Still, Mayweather is a different breed of fighter than we've seen before, and he's shown no signs of slowing down at this point in his career.
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