Floyd did it again. He won by a "unanimous" decision. Scores were 117-111 and 116 to 112 in Mayweather's favor. Don't count the 114-114 scorecard. There were only two qualified judges in the ring tonight.
Mayweather did what he always does. He kept his defense impenetrable and landed the cleaner punches all night long. There is no denying that he is a great boxer, perhaps the best boxer of all time. But let's not get the terms, "boxer" and "fighter" mixed up. Mayweather is not a fighter by any stretch of the imagination.
I have no problem with his defense. Nobody can fault any fighter for not wanting to take any punishment. But a fighter puts a beating on his opponent. That, Mayweather doesn't do. He didn't do that to Canelo tonight. Floyd made Canelo miss and Floyd got hit much less.
Floyd Mayweather is a master of the sport of boxing. The rules and judging criteria were made for him. His style and strengths are a natural fit for the sport. You can't blame Mayweather for doing what he does, but you can blame boxing for allowing him to get away with it.
What Floyd does in the ring is smart. No, pure genius. Every move he makes, makes sense because it's the way you're supposed to win rounds. The bout before the main event was a classic boxer vs puncher match-up. Garcia clearly beat Mathysse. You don't need to see the scorecards to know. All you need to do is take one quick look at Mathysse's grotesque face. He took a beating. Canelo did not, far from it.
Mayweather won clearly and outclassed Canelo under the current rules of professional boxing. In the process, Mayweather proved that boxing is no longer a valid combat sport as violence is not a requirement but an afterthought. He's not much more willing to inflict punishment than he's willing to get punched in the face. He is a master of the rules and exploits it like no other professional boxer can. He was born to be a boxer. Just don't ever call him a fighter.