Mayweather Victorious Over Canelo
Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. dominated his junior middleweight championship fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to earn him a $41.5 million payday. The sellout crowd of 16,746 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas brought in $20,003,150 at the gate alone. The fight is being deemed as one of the richest in boxing history and will likely set a new record.
Mayweather threw 505 punches, landing 232 and 138 of those to the left side of Alvarez’s face. Alvarez only landed 117 of his 526 punches. Two of the three judges were unanimously in favor of Mayweather. Judge Dave Moretti scored the fight at 116-112, while Craig Metcalfe also pulled in Mayweather’s favor at 117-111, while judge C.J. Ross scored it a puzzling draw, 114-114.
Alvarez’s size didn’t help his fight. With a 152-pound catchweight limit, Mayweather weighed in at 150lbs while Alvarez was an unofficial 165lbs on fight night, after both made the limit for Friday’s official weigh-in.
“I just listened to my corner, listened to my dad,” Mayweather, 36, said of his strategy for the big fight. “My dad had a brilliant game plan, and I went out there and got the job done.”
Mayweather’s bank will get even bigger once the buys from the Showtime pay-per-view event are tallied. He remains undefeated at 44-0, 26 KOs. The 23-year-old Alvarez adds one loss to his resume for a 42-0-1, 30 KOs record.