Mayweather’s greatness too much for the young Canelo
It didn’t take long for Floyd Mayweather Jr. to remind the world why he’s still “the one” in boxing. Shortly after Mayweather tapped gloves with Canelo Alvarez to begin the highly anticipated mega fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the legendary fighter was in complete control using his superior quickness, incessant jabs and right handed blows to dissect Canelo and cruise to his 45th career victory. Canelo was widely thought to be an opponent whom could give Mayweather a run for his money, but as it turned out, he didn’t pose any real threat to the undefeated champ.
Mayweather was sharp out of the gate and put the 23-year-old fighter on his heels early, methodically peppering Canelo with jabs and using his remarkable quickness to avoid any counter punches that were thrown back. In the third and fourth rounds Mayweather began to land powerful right handed punches to Canelo’s head, and by the fifth round he was clearly dominating the fight and noticeably frustrating the young Mexican. Canelo showed his frustration when he threw a low blow at Mayweather in the fourth round after the two became entangled, and continually ignored Mayweather’s attempts to tap gloves with him after brief pauses at various points in the fight.
As the match wore on, Canelo’s right eye began to swell and the punishment he was taking was far more than the punishment he was delivering, making it obvious that the only way he would be able to win the fight would be with a knockout.
Unfortunately for Canelo, Mayweather used his Matrix-like elusiveness and was basically untouchable, reminiscent of his previous fight against Robert Guerrero. Mayweather landed 46 percent of his 505 punches, while Canelo only landed 22 percent of his 526 punches.
The only real surprise at the end of the fight came courtesy of judge C.J. Ross who scored the fight as a draw (114-114), robbing Mayweather of a deserved unanimous decision and making the fight a majority decision. Ross is one of two judges who scored a highly controversial victory for Timothy Bradley Jr. against Manny Pacquiao in June 2012. Since there was absolutely no question Mayweather won the fight, Ross’ scoring of the fight will certainly be scrutinized and will surely bring unescapable questioning of how premier prize fights are judged and whom they are judged by.
Mayweather’s boxing was the biggest story Saturday night, but with a nickname like “Money” it’s hard to escape the ostentatious atmosphere that surrounds him. Mayweather entered the stage Saturday with his usual flash and was followed by an entourage that included Justin Bieber and Lil’ Wayne who rapped his hit song “A Milli” while escorting Mayweather to the ring.
Celebrities were scattered throughout the crowd and the list included: Sean “P.Diddy” Combs, Wayne Gretzky, Adrian Broner, Jack Nicholson, Magic Johnson, Michael Phelps, Denzel Washington, Charles Barkley, Don Cheadle, LL Cool J, and William H. Macy.
Mayweather is guaranteed $41.5 million for the fight and will now earn a significant addition to that sum considering the all-time gate record of $20,003,150 was set and his pay-per-view record of 2.44 million buys (recorded in his 2007 fight against Oscar De La Hoya) is also expected to be broken. The unprecedented profits from the fight will most likely make the bout the richest in boxing history.
After making short work of Canelo, the future is in question for Mayweather. He said after the victory he plans to fight again in May followed by another match next September to fulfill his six fight contract with Showtime. But is there anyone who will even stand a chance against the boxing mastermind? Undercard winner Danny Garcia is the early favorite, but other than that no one else seems to stand a chance.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is that good; good enough that no boxer seems to have enough clout to even step in the ring with him. Depending on a victory against Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley Jr. might be an option because of his undefeated record. Fans would still love to see a Mayweather and Pacquiao fight, but that the odds for that bout to get consideration again is low after multiple failed attempts. An Adrian Broner fight likely won’t happen because of the fighters’ close friendship. Canelo was the top candidate and he was easy work.
Fans who watched Mayweather fight Saturday night witnessed greatness and a fighter that only comes around once a generation. Canelo may be the next fighter in line to have great success in boxing, but after the bout had reached the final bell he simply served as another failed attempt to take down the greatest still swinging.