Floyd “Money” Mayweather improved his legacy once again with a win over Mexican champion fighter, Canelo Alvarez for another middleweight title.
The title bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas was the most expensive fight in the history of the sport, coming in at $41.5 million. However, for Money Mayweather this was just another day, just another fight and just another dollar.
Mayweather is arguably the most dominant fighter of his era. He continued to be unbeaten with this victory making his career record 45-0. Mayweather has an incredibly elusive style of fighting with an efficiency that is hard to match.
Mayweather was able to pound Alvarez hard in later rounds leaving Alvarez disoriented and playing catch-up. Mayweather was able to use his speed and land jabs before Alvarez could respond. Mayweather’s approach in this fight remained a straight attack from multiple angles.
The fight was exciting, but the biggest shock came from outside the ring. Although it was obvious who had won to the viewers, one judge in particular didn’t seem to agree. The judges’ scorecards were supposedly unanimous, but one of them called the fight even with a score of 114-114.
Mayweather and the rest of the viewers were seemingly confused, but moreso, outraged. It was later announced that the judges were not unanimous; C.J. Ross was the judge that scored it even.
There were many disappointments in the fight for some. Alvarez was considered to be a threat or a challenge for Mayweather, but just couldn’t live up to the hype.
“I didn’t know how to get him, it’s extremely simple,” Alvarez said at a press conference. “He’s a great fighter, very intelligent. The frustration was getting in there, but he’s a great fighter. We tried to catch him.”
Canelo Alvarez is a 23-year old Mexican fighter with multiple titles and had an undefeated record, until Mayweather took that from him.
For Mayweather his strategy was basic. “I just listened to my corner, listened to my dad,” Mayweather said in a statement to the AP. “My dad had a brilliant game plan, and I went out there and got the job done.”
Floyd “Money” Mayweather defends his title and continues to prove himself as the best middleweight champion of his time. To whomever is fighting this powerhouse next: Good luck.