Mayweather dominates for easy decision win

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Floyd Mayweather turned
one of the richest fights ever into just another $41.5 million payday on
Saturday by dominating Saul `Canelo’ Alvarez from the opening bell to
enhance his reputation as the best boxer in the world.

Fighting off his shortest layoff in
years, Mayweather was sharp, efficient and sometimes brutal in
dismantling an unbeaten fighter who was bigger and was supposed to punch
harder. He frustrated the Mexican early, pounded him with big right
hands in the middle rounds, and made him look just like he said he would
— like any other opponent.

Mayweather was favored 117-111 and
116-112 on two ringside scorecards while a third surprisingly had the
fight 114-114. The Associated Press scored it 119-109 for Mayweather.

“I just listened to my corner, listened
to my dad,” Mayweather said. “My dad had a brilliant game plan, and I
went out there and got the job done.”

Mayweather remained unbeaten in 45
fights and added another piece of the junior middleweight title to his
collection in a fight that was fought at a catchweight 68.9 kilogram
(152-pound) limit. Alvarez weighed in at that weight, but was an
unofficial 74.8 kilograms (165 pounds) when he got into the ring while
Mayweather was an even 68 (150).

Mayweather’s speed was the difference
all night as he was able to land straight rights and left jabs, then get
out of the way before Alvarez was able to respond. But while Mayweather
used great defense, he wasn’t afraid to attack often and at different
angles, finding Alvarez with punches he couldn’t anticipate.

“He’s very talented, very elusive,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez was supposed to be Mayweather’s
greatest challenge and he did his best to force the action. Like others,
though, he spent much of his night punching at an opponent who had
already moved away from him.

“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.”

The sellout crowd at the MGM Grand
tried its best to urge Alvarez on, but the cheers of “Canelo! Canelo!”
were faint by the late rounds.

Alvarez kept trying to force the fight,
but every time he went after Mayweather he paid for it with a counter
right or a combination to the head. By the fourth round he was beginning
to get frustrated, landing a low blow that angered Mayweather, who was
further angered when Alvarez refused to touch gloves with him to resume
the fight.

The fight was one of the richest ever
— if not the richest ever — with a live gate of $20 million and at
least another $100 million from pay-per-view. Tickets were so hot that
celebrities were actually offering to buy them and some tickets were
being offered online for as much as $29,000.

Mayweather was the big beneficiary of
that, making a guaranteed $41.5 million to $5 million for Alvarez. Add
in his purse from his win over Robert Guererro in May and Mayweather
made $73 million in two fights.

The fight was on free TV in Mexico, and some estimates were that 70 million people would watch.