Floyd "Money" Mayweather should use his superior defense to deflect any possibility of a rematch with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
He picked up a majority decision win over Alvarez on Saturday, via BBC Sport.
As with any major prizefight, following the result, there's a segment of fans who wonder if a rematch is on the cards. With the shallow talent pool, it's safe to just go with what has already proven to be a hit.
While there hasn't been anything solid from either camp one way or the other, if you're expecting to see Mayweather/Alvarez 2, don't get your hopes up.
Perhaps the biggest reason a rematch is unlikely is that Money has nothing to prove against Canelo. Even C.J. Ross' questionable scorecard couldn't cover the fact that Mayweather dominated the match from start to finish and was clearly the better fighter.
Nobody could have watched the fight and thought, "If Canelo could have just landed a few more punches, this fight would have been his."
According to CompuBox, Mayweather landed 232 of his 505 punches. Alvarez was only at 117 of 526. That's a pretty significant difference.
ESPN's John Buccigross had a nice visual breakdown.
Floyd Mayweather def. Canelo Álvarez by majority decision. Mayweather: 45-0 in pro career pic.twitter.com/5JX7TSMZye— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) September 15, 2013
Money was moving around the ring, and his defense was on point. Canelo tried to take the fight to Mayweather, but it was to no avail. There are few fighters better at reading his opponent, and once Money got a couple of looks at Alvarez early on, he had the blueprint for how he was going to handle the rest of the fight.
Canelo had his shot to try and knock off Mayweather, and he didn't make the most of it. Now, it's somebody else's turn.
Mayweather is 36 years old and not getting any younger. As good as he is, his career is on a downward trajectory. Since he's not going to stop anytime soon, he needs to pick fights that are only going to strengthen his legacy. There's nothing more to be gained from convincingly beating a guy you've already downed once before.
It's a lose-lose situation. People would be expecting Mayweather to win, so should he come out victorious in a rematch, nobody will be giving him a lot of credit.
It would be one thing if we're talking about the first fight between he and Canelo. This was a matchup that made a lot of sense for both guys, as Alvarez was looking for a major win, and Mayweather needed to face another top opponent to counter those who argue he's ducked his toughest opponents in the past.
Now we've seen the fight, and we've seen Mayweather is the far superior fighter. Now it's time for him to move on and look for the next challenge.