Saturday night, Sept. 14, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0) defeated Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (42-1-1) with a majority decision victory. The bout was held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada and televised on Showtime PPV.
For Mayweather, the victory is another clarification to the boxing world that he is still the pound for pound best fighter in the world. Many boxing fans thought Canelo would be able to apply more pressure and land some punches that would make Mayweather uncomfortable. However, Mayweather showed that that his superb defensive skills and ability to pin point his punches are on another level that Canelo could not match.
Monetarily, Mayweather walked away with a guaranteed $41.5 million which is before the official pay-per-view profits have been announced. Credit must be given to him and his promotional team as they have been able to put together record breaking numbers by drawing the world to view the fights.
Moving forward, it will be interesting to depict who Mayweather decides to take on next as Canelo seemed like "The One" within the sport to have any chance of pulling off the upset. However, Danny Garcia's (27-0) impressive victory over Lucas Matthysse (34-3) should place Garcia as an option for Mayweather.
Conversely, Canelo, at age 23, still has alot of time to make his mark within the sport of boxing. He fought bravely and with a winning attitude, but just could not keep Mayweather in one place long enough to land anything of significance. Though, Canelo's promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, will surely continue to push him forward as a mega star because he still has the makings to be one of boxing's biggest stars in the next generation.
In the end, Floyd Mayweather Jr. showed the world that he truly is the best in the world and is still fighting on fresh legs. He has stuck to his motto "hard work and dedication", which has led to a hall of fame career with the argument that he is one of the best of all time. With 4 fights left on his Showtime contract, the boxing world should embrace his final run towards the ultimate greatness of ending a boxing career undefeated and at the top of the sport.