Floyd Mayweather Jr. employed a beatdown against Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez en route to his 45th professional win Sunday morning in Manila in front of a mammoth crowd inside the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The judges’ scorecards favored Mayweather, 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114, earning him the victory via majority decision, which enabled him to defend his WBA-WBC Superwelterweight title.
Mayweather thoroughly and clinically defeated Alvarez, showcasing impeccable speed and quickness causing his opponent to have a difficult time getting within striking distance.
Arguably the top pound for pound fighter, he hit Alvarez with punches of different sorts – jabs, uppercuts, and bone crushing hooks. Furthermore, Money Mayweather was sharp and efficient, dismantling a bigger and younger fighter in Alvarez. The champ pounded his opposition with big right hand punches especially in the middle rounds of the fight that made the affair look like a complete mismatch.
On the other hand, after starting off his career seemingly unchallenged, Alvarez suffered his first career professional loss. Though the fight appeared one sided, Alvarez remained upright. The young Mexican star showed great resistance, withstanding the different variety of shots Mayweather landed on him.
But at the end of the day, Mayweather prevailed and remains undisputed.
By: Lorenz Tolentino
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