For those who doubted Floyd Mayweather’s greatness prior to his bout against Canelo Alvarez, what do you have to say for yourself? An apology would be a nice start. This past weekend at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0) made Saul Canelo Alvarez (42-1-1), who is and outstanding boxer, look average at best. Mayweather 36, simply out boxed, outscored and outclassed the 23 year old champion.
It was business as usual for Mayweather. He sized up Alvarez in the early rounds, working his jab, then added a series of combinations that frustrated and tired him. What added to the frustration was the fact that Alvarez couldn’t hit his target. He only landed 22 percent of his punches to Mayweather’s 46 percent. Mayweather looked like the younger boxer as he would land and elude his opponent, while Alvarez hit nothing but air. By the middle rounds, Alvarez looked tired.
Alvarez came into the match as the undefeated young stud. All of boxing wanted to see this fight. The lead question hovering over this fight was, “Would Mayweather be able to keep up with Alvarez who is 13 years his junior?” However, the way Alvarez was so easily defeated begs the question of who out there can give Mayweather a run for his money? Is Mayweather so good that no one’s good enough to defeat him?
The 11th round was the perfect depiction of how the match went for Alvarez. Alvarez missed a punch so bad that he hit the rope and Mayweather was nowhere around. As Alvarez regained his balance, Mayweather looked at the rope, as if to say, “Why are you taking your frustration out on the rope Canelo?”
According to his deal with Showtime, Mayweather has four more fights. But, there really aren’t four fighters for him to fight. But the show must go on and these fights will happen. It’s all about business and with the number of pay-per-view buys that Mayweather generates, the demand for him is great. Mayweather is a businessman so he and his team will create enough drama and attention to see that seats are filled for the remainder of his contract. “The Money Team” is looking to break records in and out of the ring. Love him or hate him, Mayweather is here to stay!
By Keith Madyun