Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. was supposed to be challenged his younger, bigger, stronger opponent Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Instead, Mayweather dethroned the WBC and WBA Junior Middleweight champion by shutout. Yes, I said shutout. Don’t believe the terrible scorecards handed in by the three judges. Mayweather did not lose a round in this bout.
Mayweather (45-0-0, 26 KOs) was extremely sharp. He peppered Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) with jabs and combinations all night. Mayweather’s defense was impenetrable. Alvarez tried the best he could, but there was simply nothing he could do. This was a blowout.
Here are four things we learned from this fight.
Only father time will defeat Mayweather
Mayweather will only lose when father time catches up with him. Alvarez was the one realistic remaining opponent who possessed the size, ability, power and skill set to defeat Mayweather. I say realistic as I cannot see Mayweather facing either of the two best middleweight fighters, Sergio Martinez or Gennady Golovkin, due to network and promoter affiliations. Also, it is an extreme stretch to have Mayweather fight at 154 pounds. To ask him to go to 160 pounds is extremely unfair.
If you look at a list of remaining fighters Mayweather could face, none can defeat him unless father time catches up with him. I just can’t see Danny Garcia, Adrien Broner, Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, Devon Alexander, Marcos Maidana, or Jesus Soto-Karass knocking off the current version of Mayweather. Ignoring the cold war between Top Rank and Golden Boy promotions and network affiliation issues, I don’t see Manny Pacquiao, Brandon Rios, Tim Bradley, Mike Alvarado, or Ruslan Provodnikov defeating Mayweather.
The longer Mayweather fights, the greater the chance father time catches up with him. At 36, it could happen at any time. Mayweather intends on fighting four more times over the next two years. If he eludes father time for those four fights, he wins all four no questions asked.
Mayweather is the greatest fighter of this generation
Maybe it was not a question before this fight, but there is no argument against it now. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the greatest fighter of this generation. He just dominated a 23 year old lion who had all of the physical advantages you could ask for. Mayweather essentially pitched a perfect game. Add that to a resume that has gotten better and better over the years and a skill set that is second to none, and there is no argument against Mayweather as the best of this generation.
Don’t get me wrong. That is not to take anything away from the other two best fighters of this generation in Bernard Hopkins and Manny Pacquiao. Both have had amazing runs and are all-time greats. Mayweather has just placed himself on another level. He has defeated all opponents of varying skill sets, styles, sizes, and backgrounds.
Alvarez will bounce back
Alvarez has a very bright future. Alvarez fought hard and did everything he could to win. He was not intimidated by Mayweather or the big stage. Alvarez simply could not compete with the best in the word. There is no shame in that. Alvarez will learn from this loss and be better for it. He will have many more fights down the road and will leave a big imprint on the game of boxing before he hangs up the gloves.
Boxing is not dead
I keep hearing that boxing is dead. All you have to do is look at the success boxing is having in Europe to know that is not true. However, this bout showed how big boxing still is in the United States when the right matchups are made. Mayweather is going to net north of $41.5 million for this fight while Alvarez will bring home north of $9 million. The bout broke the all-time gate record for a boxing bout as 16,746 packed the sold out MGM Grand Garden arena at the total price of $20,003,150. The all-time pay-per-view record of 2.44 million buys set in the 2007 bout between Oscar De La Hoya and Mayweather will be challenged. Over 12,000 people attended the weigh-in with thousands being turned away. Sports books were jam packed and movie theaters were sold out.