Mayweather Father Time Holds Off Canelo New Year
Added by Luis Vazquez on September 16, 2013.
It was a night where experience neutralized youth. This was openly displayed before a mostly pro-Mexican crowd celebrating Mexican Independence day. It was the type of atmosphere that is difficult to emerge victorious. That is, unless you are a special fighter with special skills. Even at 36, Floyd Mayweather once again put on a clinic and dismantled Canelo Alvarez in a fight that lasted over twelve rounds in Las Vegas this past Saturday night. Only a hilarious even card deprived Mayweather of a unanimous decision.
The differences in ring savvy were quite apparent from the start. Floyd never gave Canelo a stationary target, and when he did, it usually was in the middle of the ring, where Canelo’s shorter arms were always out of reach. The few occasions where he was able to get Floyd to the ropes, he was unable to land more than single shots.
“It’s all about skills,” Mayweather said. “I came out tonight and showed my skills. But a true champion like Canelo can take a loss and bounce back.”
In the center of the ring from the outset, Canelo’s legs looked shaky, often off balance while Floyd’s jab was the centerpiece of his scoring, placing it strategically enough to carry rounds the first and third rounds. In that round, Floyd started to unload the heavy artillery as he smacked Canelo with right crosses. In the fourth, things got intense as Floyd displayed a quicker draw on his gun and Canelo got beat to the punch, or would get a quick receipt for each of his purchases. Then, as Floyd grabbed Alvarez in a head lock and wrenched his head up, Canelo responded with a low blow causing Floyd to shake it off by flexing his legs. Canelo then screamed back at Floyd in anger. This entry ended with a couple of quick combinations to secure the round.
The middle rounds saw Floyd play matador as he opened up the fifth, and even though Canelo held even throughout the sixth, Mayweather always responded punch for punch and scored a flurry to take a commanding lead at the half way point. Alvarez showed more signs of frustration and shouldered Floyd off in a clinch and pointed to him twice.
The seventh may have been the turning point, as both fighters exchanged heavy right crosses. Floyd landed a swift uppercut that caused Canelo to retreat. Floyd penetrated his closed stance with point scoring combinations, but Alvarez was very game and responded with a heavy cross. Floyd taunted him while staying away in the final seconds.
“He’s very elusive, he’s a great fighter and that’s why I couldn’t catch him,” Canelo said. “I didn’t know how to get him. It’s as simple as that. He’s very elusive. He’s a great fighter.”
The eighth saw Canelo come out roaring and chasing down Mayweather, scoring to head and body, as Floyd tried to evade. He kept the pressure on throughout and won most of the round, but Floyd at the end, scored some savage combos. Canelo held his ground with good head movement as he bored in. Floyd regained control by taking the final fourth of the fight with quicker hands in the center and also used the classic Mayweather defense to avoid counters.
“My dad had a brilliant game plan. I executed that game plan.” Floyd explained, “I could have pressed it and got the late stoppage, but tonight experience played a major key. Tonight was just my night.”
Canelo started to decelerate standing still more as Floyd moved in for the kill on several occasions. He looked more tired as the final rounds ticked off and Mayweather got off more often as he took the measure of this young champion. Canelo chin was solid and that kept it from being a complete lesson.
“The frustration was getting in there. But simply he’s a great fighter.” Canelo admitted, “I didn’t want to lose. I didn’t want to leave here with a loss. But it happens and it hurts.”
At the end the cards were tabulated and Floyd won two of them 117-111 on Craig Metcalfe card and 116-112 from Dave Moretti. The card that made people shake their heads was C.J. Ross, who had it even at 114-114. Mayweather(45-0, 26 KO’s) with the win retained his WBA Super 154 title while adding the WBC and The Ring Magazine and winning recognition as the 154 King.
On the undercard we saw Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KO’s) scored his most impressive win to date as he defeated Lucas Matthysse by unanimous twelve round decision to remain the 140 pound WBC/WBA Super and Ring Magazine champion. “I’m the champion of the world,” said the proud Philadelphia native.
“The champion of the world isn’t scared of anyone. If you can make it out Philly you can make it out of anywhere.”
Carlos Molina dethroned the IBF 154 pound title from Ishe Smith by twelve round split decision 117-111 and 116-112 and 116-112 against.