‘Money’ in the bank for undefeated fighter who takes his record to 45-0.
It was one of the most hyped fights in the past 10 years and Floyd Mayweather again delivered.
With the catch-cry of “somebody’s 0 has to go” before the bout it was Saul Alvarez who had his first blemish put on his professional record.
But the man who put it there might got down in history as the greatest ever seen as Mayweather put on a masterclass, dominating from the opening bell to win a majority decision.
However, almost as big a talking point as Mayweather’s brilliance was judge CJ Ross, who amazingly scored the fight a 114-114 draw despite the punch stats showing the staggering difference between the two.
Mayweather landed 46 per cent of his 505 punches thrown compared to Alvarez’s lowly 22 per cent.
‘Money’ landed 42 per cent of his jabs with his opponent only finding the mark 15 per cent, while the victor landed more than half of his power shots 22 per cent more of the time than a boxer man touted for his power.
As a result Mayweather was favored 117-111 and 116-112 before Ross’ 114-all left people scratching their heads.
Despite the slight controversy, Mayweather dominated from the opening bell as he picked apart his younger opponent despite coming off his shortest lay-off in years.
“I just listened to my corner, listened to my dad,” Mayweather said after the fight.
“My dad had a brilliant game plan, and I went out there and got the job done.”
The weight difference between the two fighters was supposed to be a telling factor, with Alvarez’s camp believing the power that had brought him 30 knockouts in his career to date to be a deciding factor.
But Mayweather’s elusive skills meant most of his opponent’s power shots either missed or were glancing blows the champion brushed off.
Mayweather revealed after the fight he has to eat substantially to get back to his weight at the weigh-in after saying he woke up at only 146 pounds.
Alvarez tipped the scales at 165lbs after re-hydrating after his weigh-in with Mayweather a mere 150, again showcasing how superb his performance was.
“No doubt he’s a great fighter, a very intelligent fighter,” Alvarez said.
“There was no solution for him.
“I didn’t know how to get him, it’s extremely simple, he’s a great fighter, very intelligent. The frustration was getting in there, but he’s a great fighter. We tried to catch him.”