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Mayweather vs. Canelo post-fight wrap up

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The 41.5 million dollar man delivered another show in Vegas last night where he won his 8th straight fight inside of the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Floyd Mayweather Jr. added a couple more pieces of hardware to his collection, taking Saul Canelo Alvarez’s WBC and The Ring Light Middleweight titles, but most importantly he stays perfect upping his career record to 45-0. October 11th will mark the 17 year anniversary of Mayweather’s pro debut. Canelo Alvarez was thought to be the man to dethrone Mayweather last night but instead he becomes just another mark on a flawless record.

Below we’ll take a look at some of the numbers, a preview of what could be next for both men and some video and post-fight press highlights from #TheOne in Vegas.

The Stats: Mayweather touched Canelo 232 out of 505 times at a 46% clip. His jab was effective; he landed it 42 % of the time going 139 for 330. Last but not least, we saw Mayweather land 53% (93 out of 175) of his power punches . Not a bad night for TMT.

Like every man before him, Alvarez had a rough time finding Mayweather on the night. He went 44 for 294 (15%) with his jab, and 73 for 232 (31%) with his power shots for a total of 117 for 526 (22%).

The DecisionFloyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0) defeats Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (42-1-1) via majority decision (117-111, 116-112, 114-114).

Judge Cynthia Ross was responsible for the perplexing 114-114 scorecard. You may know her from her scoring on the Pacquiao vs. Bradley robbery. This is a woman who is famous for all of the wrong reasons and should be forced to find another way to make a living. Fight Booth had Canelo taking rounds 8 and 10 and we were being generous, as was Floyd who appeared to be taking those two rounds off. Ross also scored the 8th for Alvarez, along with the 1st, 3rd, 9th, 11th and 12th. The tape and the stats do not lie. This one wasn’t even close. Either Ross is incompetent or she had other motives. I refuse to throw out strong words or opinions like this just for fun – this was a(nother) legitimate disgrace in the world of boxing. Let’s hope major media is as harsh on Cynthia Ross as well so something like this doesn’t happen again.

What’s Next: For Mayweather it could be another Golden Boy in Danny Garcia. He put on a solid performance against a tough opponent in Lucas Matthysse last night in the co-main event to set himself up for a huge pay-day next May-day. Mayweather made it clear during the post-fight presser that he wants to duplicate what he did this year (fights in May and Sep) in 2014 and 2015 to complete his Showtime contract. I personally do not like the Garcia fight just yet – he has some more work to do. I’d love to see Broner next for Mayweather but “The Problem” is he has no desire to fight his idol. We’ll see if there is a number that can change that in the future. You could also give him the winner of Rios vs. Pacquiao, a fight that takes place in Macao just before Thanksgiving. While Mayweather vs. Pacquiao may not hold the same cachet as it did before Pac-Man dropped two straight it still could break all of the pay-per-view records that last nights fight may or may not have broken. The winner of Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander in December also appears to be a sexy pick. Regardless, we shouldn’t have to wait very long into 2014 for a concrete answer.

For Alvarez you need a good rebound fight. He needs to string together a couple of dominant victories to get himself a rematch against Floyd before his Showtime contract runs out. If Miguel Cotto can beat Delvin Rodriguez next month in Florida then you have a great high-profile fight against an opponent Alvarez has yet to face. Another option would be Carlos Molina if he can get past Michael Perez in Brooklyn later this month.

Video Highlights:

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Post-Fight Press Highlights:

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