Photo: Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Saul "Canelo" Alvarez
U.S. boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a 12-round majority decision on the weekend for the super welterweight title of the World Boxing Council, or WBC, and the World Boxing Association.
Mayweather had never gone up against such an easy - albeit undefeated - rival and encountered no problems at all in his 45th career win, although those who paid to see the bout probably came away quite frustrated at the no-contest matchup.
The fight promoters, including Mayweather himself, broke the earnings record for a fight, bringing in more than $200 million, but boxing suffered another setback in the vastly uneven Saturday evening bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, even though the judges’ scores made it seem a closer contest than it was.
The 36-year-old Mayweather virtually won the fight when he signed the contract and obligated Alvarez to slim down to 152 pounds, something that required the Mexican to work hard to lose weight and took a measure of power out of his punches, which many felt was the only thing he had going for him.
Mayweather played with the 23-year-old throughout the match, ultimately easily prevailing over the heretofore-undefeated Mexican, whose record dropped to 42-1-1.
One of the three judges rated the match a 114-114 tie, but the other two scored it 116-112 and 117-111.
Mayweather, known as “Money Man,” could bank $100 million from the fight, counting the $42 million guaranteed to him, and he also stands to rake in a percentage of the television and cable TV rights.