This is the fight 23-year old WBC/WBA light middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez demanded for almost a year. He previously announced that he would only be fighting twice a year on the Mexican holidays in September and May, the two dates historically reserved for Floyd Mayweather Jr. He then removed himself from the May 2013 undercard of Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero when the pay-per-view king refused to commit to a September fight with him. As a result, Alvarez opted to headline his own card against Austin Trout in April. Despite being untested, Alvarez believed he had earned the right to throw his weight around and was capable of shocking the world by handing the mighty Mayweather his first professional loss, consistently claiming that he was "born ready" for last night's Showtime pay-per-view event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Canelo Alvarez didn’t show Floyd Mayweather Jr. anything the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world hadn’t seen before.
Alvarez's clumsy footwork was evident early, unable to set and find his timing against the elusive Mayweather who used a killer jab to set up a variety of right hands as early as Round 2.
Round after round, the 36-year old Mayweather's superior speed, reflexes, timing, footwork, conditioning and ring generalship were on full display, popping perfectly placed and timed jabs, right hands, counters and uppercuts.
The deadly bodywork of Alvarez was non-existent in this contest. Mayweather's perfect shoulder roll technique and cross body defense made it virtually impossible to get a clean shot. The increasingly frustrated Alvarez was unable to build any momentum and it showed as he did not throw his punches with any great authority. At times, he also resorted to tactics that included a low blow, shoulder shove and baiting Mayweather along the ropes, none of which gave him any type of advantage.
Alvarez finally pinned Mayweather against the ropes in Rounds 7 and 8 but was unable to keep him there with any troublesome offense. The talented Mayweather countered his way off the ropes and ultimately won the exchanges.
By the time Round 12 rolled around, Alvarez's corner was at as much of a loss as their fighter, unable to provide any final coaching or words of encouragement.
Certain words were used throughout the boxing community as the fight was announced a majority decision. Judge C.J. Ross once again submitted an unfathomable scorecard of 114-114. As bad as her 115-113 score was for Timothy Bradley over Manny Pacquiao in June 2012, this one was far worse. Ross somehow gave Canelo four of the last five rounds. The other two judges scored it for Mayweather, 117-111 and 116-112, who now becomes a unified light middleweight champion in addition to holding the WBC welterweight belt and undisputed pound-for-pound king.
Compubox statistics show that Mayweather (45-0, 26 KO's) landed 232 of 505 punches (46%), while Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO's) was limited to connecting on just 117 of 526 punches (22%).
Showtime PPV play-by-play announcer Al Bernstein said it best in his post-fight commentary.
"Canelo may be the fighter of tomorrow, but he's not quite yet the fighter of today."
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