The fight that boxing fans have been waiting to see finally came on Saturday night when Floyd Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez entered the ring to unify the super welterweight title. It was a classic match up of an all-time great and the young lion trying to see if the timing was right for the changing of the guard.
Before we get to the fight, it needs to be pointed out that Mayweather decided to make his way to the ring with none other than Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber in his corner.
The crowd was clearly in Canelo’s corner as the opening bell rang and the atmosphere was electric. Floyd came out aggressive and was pushing the pace early, but Canelo seemed unfazed by the pound-for-pound king moving forward.
Mayweather eventually backed off once Canelo showed that he was going to stay composed and the two men cautiously made their way around the ring as they looked to avoid making a crucial early mistake. Round one clearly looked to be in favor of Mayweather, but the young Mexican star was holding his own.
Neither fighter was biting on the opponents feints early in round two and it was an even back and forth match up as the two fighters showed clear respect for each other. Canelo was not biting on Mayweather’s movement, while Floyd was attempting to avoid the big power.
Both men were hoping to force their opponent to get off first, so it was a defense battle early on in the match.
Round 3 kicked off looking like more of a grappling match than a boxing match, but the Mexican was able to find his range with Mayweather clearly had the speed advantage, but Canelo was hanging tough and showing no signs of backing down.
The action picked up in Round 4 with some gamesmanship starting to pick up. Canelo was jawing with Mayweather, who was more than happy to return some chatter of his own. Mayweather put his hand over Canelo’s mouth during a tie up and the Mexican did not appreciate the gesture, so he delivered a low blow to separate. Canelo picked up his output after the brief moment of jawing back and forth in the ring with a flurry of body shots. Round 4 was clearly the most action-packed round of the fight and the crowd was on their feet.
Alavarez and Mayweather kicked off the fifth round standing in the pocket with each other as the action continued at a feverish pace.
Canelo picked up the pace in round six as he continued to press forward and show that he was not afraid of taking on the top fighter in the world. The constant pressure may have been enough to turn things around for Canelo as the two went back and forth.
Mayweather came out in round seven with more counter shots getting through and busting up Canelo, but Mayweather began to land more significant blows as Canelo was leaning up against the ropes.
In the eighth round, Canelo was able to open up his offense and get Mayweather pinned up against the ropes, but he continued to eat the jab and show no defending it. Mayweather was taking some of the hardest shots he has taken, but he would need to find an answer for the jab.
Entering the fight, many were wondering if Floyd’s speed would begin to fade away, but Money May let it be clear that he was still the much quicker man in the ring. As the ningth round went on, Canelo was beginning to fade and Mayweather could taste the victory.
In the championship rounds, Canelo was going to need a miracle to win the fight, but he continued to each jabs in the center of the ring.
You have to give respect to Canelo, who never stopped coming forward and looked to make things happen, however, it looked like the veteran just had too much big fight experience on the hungrier young fighter and Alvarez appeared to still be a few years away from being ready for the top challenge.
When the judges scorecards were read, they read 114-114, 116-112 and 117-111 in favor of Floyd Mayweather.