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‘Money’ Mayweather decisions ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in record-breaking event
Undefeated five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) defeated previously unbeaten world champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (42-1, 30 KOs) to win the unified WBC/WBA super welterweight championship. The bout occurred last Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV in front of a record live gate of over $20 million and ranked as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time, with nearly $150 million grossed in revenue in the United States.
The previous record was held by Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya in 2007. That fight generated $136 million and 2.48 million in pay-per-view. But that record may faulter quickly, as Mayweather vs. Canelo, which as reportedly generated 2.2 in pay-tv sales may challenge the previous record set.
Mayweather vs. Canelo has already surpassed No 2. On the all-time pay-per-view record list, surpassing the world-renound WBA heavyweight championship encounter between Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II (1.95 million, 1997). Everyone remembers that fight when Tyson bit off Hoyfield’s ear.
Mayweather’s record-setting fight against Canelo was the second of a six-fight pact that Mayweather signed with SHOWTIME earlier this year. In the first in May, Mayweather won a unanimous decision against Robert Guerrero.
“I never worry about the outcome,” Mayweather said before hand. “When I go into any fight, I’m not focused on the money or anything. I’m focused on going out there, performing well, and giving the fans what they want to see – excitement. That’s what it’s all about; it’s about the fans winning.”
Alvarez presented a different type of challenge for Mayweather, unlike Guerrero and many other fighters. Alvarez was 13 years younger than Mayweather at age 23. Alvarez is naturally bigger as he weighed in at 165 lbs. on the day of the fight. Alvarez presented speed, power, and aggressiveness that no other fighter Mayweather fought in recent years years had. But it didn’t matter though because, Mayweather reduced Alvarez to an ordinary fighter.
“I guess other fighters look at it as you win some, you lose some,” Mayweather said. “Me, I look at it as I want to win them all. I’m a winner. I don’t lose.”
Mayweather was as sharp as he’s ever been. Mayweather’s fients alone drew a reaction from the people watching live in the arena and millions more watching on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View. Mayweather found Alvarez with his punches whenever he wanted, while ‘Canelo’ set-up and time Mayweather accordingly. Mayweather made Alvarez miss often and a lot. Alvarez did get a couple of good shots, but Mayweather was the sharper, more accurate, and consistent puncher.
Of course the famous shoulder-roll defensive tactic was on display for the world to witness. Mayweather used his shoulder to block, dodge, and simplt avoid Alvarez’ punches. Mayweather fought intelligently away from the ropes, as a frustrated Alvarez simply couldn’t catch him. Alvarez tried in vein to intelligently box Mayweather behind consistent attack that included pressure, but he couldn’t figure Mayweather out.
All of the fights that Alvarez had couldn’t prepare him for the puzzle that is Floyd Mayweather because, Floyd is on another level from all the rest. However, Alvarez is one of the very best fighters that Mayweather will fight forduring the remainder of his 5 fight, 30 month pact he signed with SHOWTIME earlier this year.
Alvarez was perhaps Golden Boy Promotions’ most valuable commodities. Alvarez has the look, the personality, and the charm of a rockstar. ‘Canelo’ fights with ferocious aggression and an unrelenting determination. Alvarez will be a major star in boxing (as if he isn’t already). Until then, it’s still Mayweather’s time.
What was very interesting was when the judges scorecards was announced, there was a dispute as one judge scored the bout 114-114 even. There was no way Mayweather lost six out of the twelve rounds to ‘Canelo.’ Somneone has to be blinded by the bright lights of the Vegas strip to have Mayweather losing six rounds to Alvarez.
The other scores of 117-111 and 116-112 were more realistic.
Mayweather already announced that he’ll be fighting twice next year in May and September of 2014. There is talk of Mayweather interested in fighting either Amir Khan, should he defeat IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander at the Barclays Center on December 7, or pursue a fight against the No. 1 junior welterweight in the world Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia.
Garcia tops Matthysse
Undefeated WBC/WBA junior welterweight champion Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia (27-0 16 KOs) defied all odds against him by winning a thrilling 12-round unanimous decision against Lucas Matthysse (34-3, 32 KOs) to retain his unified 140-pound titles. The victory was Garcia’s third successful defense. The judges scored the bout 115-111 and 114-112 (twice), as it was the most entertaining fight on the entire card.
Coming into the fight, many people believed that since Matthysse knocked out Lamont Peterson that he was going to run through Garcia just as easily. Credit to Matthysse for running through Mike Dallas, Ajose Osulgen, Humberto Soto, and DeMarcus Corley, while losing two controversial decisions to Zab Judah and Devon Alexander despite knocking them both down. However, Matthysse’s resume and boxing skills, doesn’t compare to that of Garcia’s.
Danny Garcia is a developing boxer, a technician. Garcia is ‘Swift,’ can take a punch, and has a mean left hook. Garcia can break fighters down over the course of twelve rounds and has a growing reputation of punishing fighters. Ever since he landed that clean left hook to Amir Khan’s chin in the third round to claim the unified WBC/WBA 140-pounds titles, Garcia tore through Erik Morales in exciting style, punished Judah through twelve rounds, and carried that momentum into his fight with Matthysse.
Matthysse had Garcia nervous in the first two rounds by stalking Garcia behind powershots. However, Garcia stayed away from the ropes and peppered Matthysse’s face with left jabs. Garcia fought Matthysse harder than anyone he has ever faced. He stood toe-to-toe with Matthysse, who like everyone else, failed to break Garcia, whose combinations were well-timed and accurate. He hurt Mathysse with a booming right and and dropped him with a left hook in the eleventh round.
During the final round, Garcia did what no one else has ever done against Matthysse. Garcia stood toe-to-toe with Matthysse and ferociously exchanged punches. It was amazing to see Garcia throw out the rulebook and fight Matthysse straight-forward. When the decision was announced, it was clear that once again, Garcia, along with his father Angel screaming instructions in the corner, defied all odds to be universally accepted as the No. 1 junior welterweight fighter in the world. He has a great chin, a big punch, a terrific personality just checkout his Instagram, and he can fight.
Garcia has earned the opportunity to fight Floyd Mayweather.
Quillin set to make second title defense in October
Undefeated WBO middleweight champion ‘Kid Chocolate’ Peter Quillin announced on his Instagram that he will be defending his title on Sarturday, October 26, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on the Bernard Hopkins-Karo Murat card. Quillin (29-0, 21 KOs), making the second defense of his 160-pound crown, will battle Gabriel Rosado (21-6, 13 KOs), who will be fighting in his second world title bout this year. Rosado, in January at The Theater of Madison Square Garden, was stopped inside seven rounds by unbeaten WBA middleweight champion Gennday Golvkin.
Rosado, a tough kid from Philadelphia, PA turned his career around in 2010 by knocking out 5 of seven opponents (7-0, 5 KOs) that included Sechew Powell, Jesus Soto-Karass, and Charles Whitaker. Rosado figures to give Quillin fits, but ‘Kid Chocolate’ is as tough as they come. Quillin is producing a glossier resume’ with victories over unified IBF/WBA and WBC junior middleweight champion, Winky Wright, Hassan N’Dam Jikam, and Fernando Guerrero.
Quillin’s last two bouts were exhilarating world title fights that excited fans at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Quillin produced six-knockdowns through 12 rounds to claim the WBO title from ‘N Dam Jikam in October 2012. Quillin’s first defense was a severe beatdown of Guerrero that produced four-knockdowns. That’s 10 knockdowns in two fights combined. Quillin is on a roll and Rosado definitely has something to prove. Something has to give.
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