The Mayweather vs. Canelo 2013 results are now official, as Floyd "Money" Mayweather sought to stay undefeated against Saul Canelo Alvarez, who was also without a loss. However, Mayweather was said to have made easy work of his latest opponent to keep his record in tact, putting in a "masterful" round-by-round performance that led to a victory. The Mayweather vs. Canelo video highlights have started to become viral as one of boxing's best now celebrates his win.
As ESPN.com reported on Sept. 15, an all-time gate record was set at the latest MGM Grand Garden Arena fight as they collected $20,003,150 from the 16,746 spectators in attendance. Those in attendance saw Mayweather win with at least one shocking fight score given by one of the three judges. Dave Moretti gave the fight to Mayweather 116-112, while Craig Metcalfe scored it 117-111 in Money's favor. However, female judge C.J. Ross gave the fight a 114-114, raising plenty of eyebrows.
Following his fight, Floyd noted "I'm not in control of the judges," adding that he was "a little in shock." Of his opponent, he had plenty of praise, telling the media:
"Canelo is a young, strong champion. A great Mexican champion. I take my hat off to him and to Mexico. He can take a loss and bounce back.
Seventeen years, and I'm still going strong. I think had I pressed the attack earlier, I could have gotten the stoppage, but I am very happy with my performance."
Most of the damage from Mayweather came to the left side of Canelo's face, according to ESPN's video. Reportedly 138 of Floyd's 232 punches were landed in that region on Alvarez's face. Overall, Mayweather threw 505 punches and landed 232, good for 46% landed. Canelo had 117 of 526 landed, making for 22%. Canelo now has one loss on his already impressive record and said (through a translator) after the fight:
"It was simple: I couldn't catch him. He was very elusive. He's a great fighter. I did not know how to get him. He is very intelligent. He's got a lot of experience. Honestly, I couldn't find him. In the later rounds, I felt frustrated. I recognize that he beat me. I tried to connect on him, but I just couldn't. At the same time, he also missed me a lot. A lot of punches landed on my gloves."
With Mayweather still headed towards the all-time great Rocky Marciano's undefeated record of 49-0, there may be another record soon set before that: the all-time pay-per-view record of 2.44 million buys. That record was set back in 2007 by another fight starring Mayweather, his win against Oscar de La Hoya. Regardless of whether or not it achieves that record, it seems that "Money" will keep rising to new heights of wealth and fame, until an opponent can step in and hand him that first-ever loss.
The Mayweather vs. Canelo fight took place Saturday night on Showtime's pay-per-view for TV viewers. There's currently a highlights video of the fight here at YouTube, although it may be unavailable at later times.