44 men before had tried to defeat Floyd Mayweather and the boxing world thought Canelo Alvarez would be the man tonight to dethrone Mayweather. The number is now 45 as Floyd Mayweather defeated Canelo Alvarez by majority decision (114-114, 116-112, 117-111). BetweenTheRopes.com had the fight scored the fight 118-108 for Mayweather.
The pound for pound king looked tentative at the outset, but was able to control the first two rounds with the jab and was able to open up on Alvarez throughout the rest of the fight. Alvarez showed moments of frustration with a low blow in the middle of the fight and you can tell Mayweather was in Alvarez’s head.
Mayweather after the fight was complimentary of Alvarez’s performance.
“Canelo is a young strong champion,” Mayweather said. “I take my hat off to him. I take my hat off to the country of Mexico. Mexico has produced some great champions throughout the years. Canelo is a true champion at heart.”
Alvarez suffered his first loss in 43 fights admitted he was frustrated as the fight went on, but admitted that Mayweather was everything and then some.
“I didn’t know how to get him, it’s extremely simple,” Alvarez said. “He’s a great fighter, very intelligent. The frustration was getting in there, but he’s a great fighter. We tried to catch him.”
Mayweather was guaranteed $41.5 million for the fight, while Alvarez was guaranteed $5 million. The gate for the event reached over $20 million, with a chance for this event to break the pay per view buyrate record set by Mayweather’s fight with Oscra De La Hoya that did over 2.4 million buys in 2007.
Mayweather didn’t state what was next him, but it seems like it could be 140 pound champion Danny Garcia who defeated Lucas Mattyhsse in thrilling co-main event.