Last Night, in Las Vegas, the stars were out to see one of the biggest events in boxing history; Floyd Mayweather did not disappoint. Mayweather, who came in a half pound lighter than he did at the weigh in on Friday, was not intimidated by the 165 lb Canelo on fight night. Canelo started the fight off fast as expected, with Mayweather sticking and moving, avoiding danger. As the fight wore on, Canelo was unable to catch up to the speedy Mayweather, aside from the occasional glancing jab or partially blocked body shot. Canelo became increasingly discouraged and winded throughout the middle rounds. At the end of the eighth round Mayweather backed Canelo into the corner and teed off on him with big shot after big shot as the young Mexican superstar seemed too tired and too confused to do anything. Floyd finished the fight strong consistently making Canelo miss and then making him pay.
Although the fight was in no way competitive, one judge somehow managed to score the fight a draw. The other two judges had Mayweather ahead 117-111 and 116-112, awarding “Money” a majority decision victory. I personally would have had a tough time definitively giving Canelo even one round, and it was surprising that the judges had it as close as they did.
During the post fight interviews, Canelo seemed very discouraged and upset with his performance. Mayweather gave his usual post fight interview, thanking his team, God, and plugging TMT promotions. Mayweather has now improved to 45-0, and now holds the Ring Magazine titles at 147 and 154 lbs. Floyd will go home and have a long layoff, returning in May; but what remains to be seen is who will step up to be the next credible challenge for “The Pretty Boy.” The few names on the short list of future Mayweather opponents seem to be, Amir Khan (should he get past Devon Alexander in December), Adrien Broner (should their “friendship” fall apart), Sergio Martinez, Danny Garcia and Manny Pacquiao.
On the under-card; Danny Garcia outlasted Lucas Matthysse in a back and forth war, to become the undisputed junior welterweight champion; Carlos Molina edged out Ishe Smith, in an absolutely horrible fight; and Pablo Cesar Cano out slugged Ashley Theophane.