The only thing Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. is better at than promoting is boxing.
After effortlessly dispatching Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in the biggest fight in boxing history—although that mark will likely be broken again in his next fight—the world is left wondering what all of the hype was about.
Is Mayweather really that great of a promoter that he can hype up opponents until we actually believe they have a chance in the ring against him?
Was Alvarez really the big, strong and well-rounded threat that he was made out to be? Or was he a young and promising fighter who had no business being in the ring against someone of Mayweather’s class and experience?
Maybe people wanted to believe Canelo was a real contender because they wanted to see a championship bout between two great fighters. They wanted something, anything, to help spark life into a sport that is slowly fading in relevance—not in dollar signs but in competitiveness and scope.
Maybe Alvarez, an undefeated champion and rising star, really was the best out there to challenge Mayweather. It’s possible that the hype was deserved.
If that’s true, though, it means just one thing: Mayweather is as good as advertised.
Maybe there is no blueprint to defeating Mayweather, no matter how many people try to crack the code. That doesn’t mean Alvarez wasn’t deserving of his shot or that the hype was overblown.
It means Mayweather may be even better than anyone realized. He was supposed to win, we all knew that, but the way he did it—it wasn’t even close. Despite a 15-pound disadvantage, Money ducked, evaded and stifled his opponent in a way only he could.
Canelo landed just 22 percent of his total punches while connecting on 33 percent of his power shots—mostly to the pound-for-pound king’s body. Coming into the fight, Alvarez boasted a 52-percent success rate on those same key punches.
No, there was never any doubt in the outcome, but we still watched intently looking for Mayweather to falter even in the smallest way. Unfortunately for those looking for an upset, Money was money all night, as good as he’s ever been.
All stats used in this article are courtesy of CompuBoxOnline.com.