In the biggest, most hyped fight of the year, Floyd “Money” Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs)stays undefeated as he beat Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) by majority decision. The way “Money” Mayweather dominated the fight, many pundits thought he won the fight by unanimous decision but it wasn’t the case.
Mayweather landed 232 of 505 punches for 46% while Alvarez could only land 117 of 526 punches for 22% according to CompuBox statistics. Mayweather’s speed and elusiveness proved to be too much for Alvarez as he could barely land a punch.
Both Judge Dave Moretti and Craig Metcalfe scored the fight in favor of Mayweather, 116-112 and 117-111 respectively. The score which surprised many was made by Judge C.J. Ross, who scored the fight 114-114. This isn’t the first score from Ross which has raised a few eyebrows. She was also one of the judges who awarded Timothy Bradley, Jr. a decision over Manny Pacquiao in one of the most controversial decisions of recent memory.
Despite the majority decision, Mayweather proved why he remains king in the boxing world and why he’s nicknamed “Money.” He’s to receive a guaranteed record purse of $41.5 million along with profits made from Showtime’s pay-per-view. With this fight expecting to challenge the all-time pay-per-view record of 2.44 million buys, Mayweather is nothing but “Money” when it comes to boxing and his overall earnings.
After the fight, Mayweather complimented Alvarez, “Canelo is a young, strong champion. A great Mexican champion.” Then he proceeded to say, “I take my hat off to him and to Mexico. He can take a loss and bounce back.” Commenting on himself, he said “Seventeen years, and I’m still going strong. I think had I pressed the attack earlier, I could have gotten the stoppage, but I am very happy with my performance.”
Commenting on the fight, Alvarez said “It was simple: I couldn’t catch him.” “He was very elusive. He’s a great fighter. I did not know how to get him. He is very intelligent. He’s got a lot of experience. Honestly, I couldn’t find him. In the later rounds, I felt frustrated. I recognize that he beat me. I tried to connect on him, but I just couldn’t. At the same time, he also missed me a lot. A lot of punches landed on my gloves.”
On fight night, Alvarez rehydrated to 165 pounds as Mayweather lost only half a pound from the weigh-in. Despite the fifteen pound difference, Mayweather was still too much for Alvarez.
What’s next for Mayweather? He still has four fights to go on his 30-month deal for up to six fights with Showtime and CBS. Whoever his next opponent may be, he better be ready because Mayweather is clearly a level above the rest.
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