COMMENTARY | Floyd Mayweather put on yet another master clinic at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday night, dominating Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, and turning back one more young, hungry and heavily-hyped challenger who just couldn't compete with the speed, skill and ring I.Q. of the undefeated pound for pound champion.
Age made no difference on Saturday night, as Mayweather took home what was, officially, a Majority Decision, with scores of 114-114, 116-112 and 117-111. While the fight was competitive and entertaining, the scorecards don't do Mayweather's performance any justice.
He won at least 10 rounds against the man who many thought would be the toughest challenge of his career. While that tagline was always packed with hyperbole, Mayweather nevertheless proved his mastery of the sport and his genius in the ring against a fighter who was indeed perhaps the best opponent available to him in any weight class.
With the win, Mayweather extends his unblemished ledger to 45-0, while the 23-year-old Alvarez, who outweighed Mayweather by at least 15 pounds on fight night, falls to 42-1-1.
For the casual fan, it's hard to pick up on what Mayweather does so well. His timing is impeccable, and his fighting instincts are unmatched. Mayweather sets traps layered in other traps for his opponent, ensuring that he's always at least one or two steps ahead.
He forces his opponents into fights they don't want, always dictates the match on his terms, and makes sure that whatever it is that you do best, you can't do. He's not a knockout puncher, but he has more than enough zip to keep his opponents honest. He may have a lost a step, but only enough so that you take an extra step ahead, and walk straight into a lead counter right head whizzing down the pike.
Mayweather is the best boxer on the planet, a fighter in his prime, a spectacle to be appreciated. With every fight and every win, Floyd Mayweather furthers his legacy, bolstering his claim not only as one of the best of today, or even the best of his generation, but one of the very best fighters of all time. Take him in while you can, fight fans, because Mayweather won't be around forever, and what he does in the ring is entirely inimitable.
In the co-featured fight of the evening, Danny Garcia proved the critics wrong yet again by besting his favored challenger, Lucas Matthysse. Garcia stood up to Matthysse's furious aggression and fantastic power, and answered back, sitting down on his shots and turning Matthysse away.
The fight really turned when Matthysse's eye began rapidly swelling in Round 6, and soon it was shut completely. He kept coming forward, but Garcia wouldn't be denied. Garcia was even able to send Matthysse down to the canvas with a body shot, the first time he was knocked down in his career.
The official scorecards read 115-111, 114-112, 114-112, a Unanimous Decision for Danny Garcia. It was an excellent fight, even if it wasn't quite the Fight of the Year material that fans had been anticipating.
With the win, Garcia improves to 27-0, and reigns as the top dog at Junior Welterweight. He may just be the next man in line to face Floyd Mayweather, as well. Matthysse falls to 34-3, but certainly he'll be back in a major fight before long, as fans can't get enough of his fights, and few men have proven capable of surviving his power.
In earlier action, Carlos Molina took home the IBF Junior Middleweight title by defeating Ishe Smith via Split Decision. It was an ugly, sloppy affair, which was unfortunately expected between these two fighters. Molina got the job done though with his aggression and his inside work, and ultimately, Smith couldn't put together enough effective offense to hold onto the title strap he had just picked up in his previous outing.
Final scores were 117-111 and 116-112 for Molina, and 116-112 for Smith. Molina improves to 22-5-2 with the win, while Smith drops to 25-6.
In the first fight of the evening, Pablo Cesar Cano defeated Ashley Theophane, taking home a Split Decision, although it appeared he had clearly won the bout. Cano outworked and out-muscled Theophane, hurting him on several occasions, and landing thudding, digging body shots throughout.
Official scorecards read 98-92 and 97-93 for Cano, and 96-94 for Theophane. Cano improves to 27-3-1, and Theophane falls to 33-6-1.
The Mayweather vs. Canelo results weren't entirely surprising, but the chance to witness such a supreme talent, right at the peak of his abilities, on the biggest stage, against a fighter who many believed would defeat him, made this a sensational night for the Sweet Science.
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