In an utter mismatch, WBA Super World light middleweight titlist Floyd Mayweather earned a majority decision over precocious brawler Saul Alvarez to capture the WBC light middleweight crown Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Although Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) didn’t fight poorly and consistently forced the action, Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) landed flush shots for 36 minutes that flustered and slowed the youngster.
“I couldn’t connect [with] him,” said Alvarez, 23, a fierce redhead who remains capable of becoming an elite pugilist. “He is very elusive and intelligent. He has a lot of experience and I honestly couldn’t find him. The late rounds, I felt frustrated. I recognize that he beat me. He is a great fighter.”
A defensive virtuoso defying Father Time with an incredible work ethic, the reigning pound-for-pound king easily adapted to Alvarez’s bruising techniques and “frustrated” the popular Mexican by using a relentless barrage of jabs.
“I’m still going strong,” said Mayweather, 36, named The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007.
One of the premier performers in prizefighting history, Mayweather is expected to throw fists on four more occasions before shelving the gloves.
After manhandling “Canelo” on Mexican Independence Day weekend, Mayweather seems destined to equal Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 mark and retire as an unbeaten titleholder.
Excluding the five-division world champion’s choice to again stroll to the squared circle alongside Justin Bieber, “Pretty Boy” was flawless during "The One."