In what was surely the most anticipated fight in years, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0) boxed the ears off Mexican sensation Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (42-1-1) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The showdown brought the biggest gate in boxing history. The sold-out arena for this junior middleweight title unification bout was packed with fervent Mexican fans who were eager to see their hero put the first loss on Mayweather's impeccable ledger. But it wasn't to be.
Right from the opening bell, the 36-year-old Mayweather showed that he was the grand master of the art of hitting without being hit. Throughout the 12-round contest, he peppered his gutsy rival with jabs and straight rights, then slid away out of danger.
Alvarez, 23, may be known for his knockout ability, but he was never able to hurt Mayweather. Alvarez charged forward and fired salvo after salvo but was unable to land meaningful punches. Finally, out of frustration, he began to resort to low blows and using his shoulder. By mid-fight, the fighter from Guadalajara looked gassed and outclassed.