Last night the richest Prizefight in the history of Boxing was fought out in front of a sell out crowd at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the WBC and WBA & Ring Magazine Super-Welterweight Titles. Mayweather pocketed a reported $45 million to what is the largest purse ever offered to any fighter, but what we saw last night was the sweet science at its very best as Floyd yet again proved why he is such a huge draw in Boxing.
The fight began with the young Mexican taking the fight to Mayweather from the offset with Alvarez appearing to of taken the first round due to his aggression, as Mayweather was defending beautifully as he always does. From the 4th round the fight began to develop in what would of been the Mayweather camps plan for the rest of the fight. As the fight developed you could see Alvarez becoming more and more disconsolate with himself as he began throwing a few low blows, which on a couple of occasions managing to connect below the belt. The referee Mr Kenny Bayless took charge of these incidents and ensured that Alvarez was aware of these infringements at every opportunity. Mayweather was being extremely elusive and defended in his own unique rolling shoulder defence and picked off Alvarez with 3 counter punches to every one thrown by the young Mexican. Alvarez may of won rounds 8-10 and it went the full 12 round distance but being in Vegas, who knows what the judges would call it, as we were about to find out yet again.
The fight ended with a frustrated Alvarez looking more like being 36 years old and Mayweather being 23 and not looking like he had just been taken 12 hard rounds by a man 13 years his younger. Jimmy Lennon Junior entered the ring to announce the decision and we were all expecting a total shut out for Mayweather. The first score came in from CJ Ross at 114-114 and the MGM Grand fell silent for the first time all night. I have no idea what fight CJ Ross was watching, as I (and millions of other fight fans) were worried for a split second that we might just have yet another dubious Vegas scorecard but sanity thankfully prevailed as Jimmy Lennon Jnr read the other 2 score cards, stating CJ Ross’s card was cancelled out by the other 2 scores at 116-112, 117-111 both to Mayweather Junior. This display of speed, skills and ring generalship showed that Floyd Mayweather Jnr is still the number 1 ranked fighter in the world and it is doubtful that he will be defeated, should he continue to show such amazing pugilistic abilities. Is there any other fighter on the planet who might actually test him, let alone beat him?
In the other fights on the undercard we had what would of been a sell out on it’s own with Danny ‘swift’ Garcia taking on the durable favourite Lucas Matthysse who was bookies and pundits tip to win this one, but Garcia delivered a tremendous display of hard hitting aggressive boxing, which at times sent Matthysse across the ring with the force of some of the body shots and delivered Matthysse with a very nasty injury to his eye, and it looked like the fight might be called off early, but Matthysse dug deep and showed what a great fighter he really is by fending off the hungry Garcia until the end of the 12th round. The fight went the distance with Garcia being awarded the win by split decision which was a close call given how much each man gave for the full 36 minutes. Matthesse showed durability and heart, but just couldn’t get through and take the fight to Garcia on this occasion. So what next for Danny Garcia? Is there a chance he will now be Mayweathers next opponent? This could be an interesting affair and I am sure that Mr Garcia Senior will have a few words to say on the matter!
On the rest of the undercard Ashley Theophane, the former British light-welterweight champion took on the tough Mexican Pablo Cesar Cano. This fight was expected to of been over quickly, but the Londoner did us Brits proud by not only going the distance, but only loosing to a split decision, which I doubt many people saw coming. He is now under the Mayweather stable and after that display we might just see him on another Mayweather event in Las Vegas.