Sunday, September 15, 2013

Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez

Everyone who just tuned in to the Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez fight just witnessed a boxing clinic as Floyd Mayweather dominated the 23-year-old Mexican.

Mayweather was fast and agile, moving as well and as quickly in the boxing ring as he expects of himself and as we've come to known. Mayweather looked quicker even than he did in his last 3 fights, which, at 36, is as amazing as his record of 45-0-0.

But before I get into Floyd v Canelo, I want to highlight the bout between Danny Garcia (c) v Lucas Matthysse. Fans witnessed the maturing of Danny Garcia as a boxer, as he fought behind his jab for 12 round and mechanically attacked Matthysse's body for most of the fight. However, an early shot to Matthysse's eye caused serious swelling, inhibiting the favored challenger. Matthysse tried to stay in the fight, even managing to rock Garcia a few times down the stretch, but his power wasn't behind his punches as he was clearly having trouble watching his target.

Matthysse was favored prior to this fight to go to battle with Floyd Mayweather pending a Money victory, but Matthysse couldn't get the job done. Could Garcia be the man to challenge Floyd next?

Whoever is facing Floyd has real tough competition. The Pound-for-Pound king entered the fight with determination. In possibly the best shape of his career, Floyd attacked early and often, leading the offensive most of the fight. Floyd's defense threw Canelo off as punch after punch grazed or missed Floyd completely. Anytime Canelo landed anything of note, Floyd made sure to counter to last punch of Canelo's combo to negate the pace.

Floyd displayed fresh footwork well into the 11th round. He ate a mean right hook against the ropes. He received a number of body shots which were rendered ineffective due to Floyd's ability to shift his weight and roll with the punch. A flustered, frustrated Canelo couldn't muster any offense of note. Floyd was too fresh by the end of the fight for Canelo to throw a punch of worth. Floyd famously danced his way around the ring in the 12th, the tactic of a man confident he has won the fight and can defend a desperation flurry.

Fans also witnessed a comical draw card from one of the ringside judges. Comical because it was a draw, and comical because even the casual fan knew Floyd won at least 9 rounds to 3. I myself had Floyd the victor of 10 rounds to 2 (118-110) after giving Canelo the benefit of the doubt for his activity in the 3rd round.

But being active and being effective are not the same thing. Floyd was both active and effective, and Canelo wasn't able to hit Floyd for most of the fight. For Floyd to make this fight look as easy as he did says an awful lot about how dominant Floyd is, because Canelo is no pushover. The matchup favored Floyd from the get-go, but as the fight carried on, it became even more apparent that Floyd Mayweather is in a class of his own in the boxing world.

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