“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best or ourselves to the task at hand.” That quote is from Vince Lombardi. The term we are paying attention to tonight in that quote is hard work and dedication. That is the catch phrase that Floyd “Money” Mayweather has been using leading up to this fight. The job in that quote is one that Mayweather has been doing for the past 17 years, boxing. The task was defeating Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The prize for succeeding is the 154 pound title. This was to be Mayweather’s toughest test to date. Mayweather was fighting in his home town of Las Vegas, Nevada in front of the largest crowd ever to assemble inside the MGM Grand. Surprisingly most of the people who came to the MGM Grand to see the fight in person were rooting for Canelo. Mayweather has been thriving off the proceeds of those that have wanted to see him fail for the last 17 years. Mayweather has said this often; you either love him or hate him. It is that love, hate, that brings in people by the bus loads to see him fight. Tonight would be no different, just more special in the fact that history was to be made.
As specified earlier tonight the 154 pound title was on the line. The current champion was Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The fight was at a catch weight of 152 pounds but somehow the title was still on the line. In addition to that title a brand new WBA Super Championship Belt was up for grabs. Canelo came out first even though he was the champion. Nothing too exciting in his entrance as he was flashing the Mexican colors and playing Spanish music in the background as he made his way to the ring. Mayweather came out his usual flashy self. He had rapper Lil Wayne performing with Pop Icon Justin Bieber at his side. Once the side show cleared the ring, the referee Kenny Bayless gave the final instructions before the bell, the two foes stood face to face for the last time before they would go to war. They touched gloves then backed into their respective corner to await the opening bell. The bell finally sounded and “The One” showdown would begin.
To my surprise Mayweather opened up the fight more aggressive the Canelo. Mayweather started by establishing the jab to open up the punching. Canelo was actually sitting on his punches stalking Mayweather like pray. In the first round Canelo was more defensive minded just like he was against Austin Trout. The issue this time was that it was the fastest boxer in the world across from him. When I analyze the first round in this fight I would say Mayweather was looking to establish himself more early on and Canelo was showing great composure. It was the perfect start to what would be a very strategic fight. In rounds 2 and 3 Canelo still showed poise as if he wasn’t yet trying to show us his full game plan. Meanwhile, Mayweather was sitting back firing off pop shots at will behind and stinging jab. Mayweather’s jab was connecting at will throughout the first part of the fight. It was in the fourth round when Canelo’s frustration started to kick in. Canelo was frustrated with some of Mayweather’s tatics and in the fourth round landed a very low blow. The two were then jabbing at each with their mouths instead of fists. By this time Canelo was starting to dig a hole so he couldn’t afford to lose any points. Cooler heads prevailed and they were able to end the fourth round without any controversy.
In the fifth round Canelo started to close the space between them but it was Mayweather who seemed more comfortable at close range. For every shot Canelo landed Mayweather was able to fire back with more accuracy. Mayweather up to this point in the fight was able to handle Canelo’s shot with ease. Canelo was clearly frustrated but was still very much in the fight. It was in the seventh round where Mayweather started to close the gap between the two in scoring. Mayweather had Canelo against the ropes and began to flurry with no answer from him. It was at this point when I discovered that Canelo was just in over his head. From the seventh round on Mayweather started to pick apart Canelo with great defense. Canelo was very frustrated and couldn’t find his range. I believed that Canelo just had the wrong game plan and it was starting to show in a bad way. Going down the stretch Mayweather just built on his lead and Canelo was just chasing him trying to land the one punch that could end the fight. That one punch would never come. By the final round it was clear that Canelo had simply given up. Mayweather was too fast and talented to lose this fight.
The end showed another top Mayweather performance. Mayweather landed more punches then Canelo as the final stat line showed him at 46% landed to Canelo at 22%. The end did not come without controversy as judge CJ Ross scored the fight 114-114 even with the other two judges seeing it 116-112, 117-111 both in favor for Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Mayweather walked out tonight with both the new WBA world crown and Canelo’s 154 pound championship around his waist. This isn’t nothing but more bling to add to Mayweather’s solid collection. When Canelo was interviewed at the end of the fight he was asked if Mayweather was the best and he answered quickly with Yes! There are many things to talk about as the next few months come about the legacy of Floyd Mayweather. Tonight Mayweather was able to win because of hard work and dedication. Showing all the fans, the haters, and Canelo Alvarez that Floyd “Money” Mayweather is hands down “The One.”
Article by Robert Alexander