I'm tempted to replicate my last article that involved Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. word-for-word, but that would be inaccurate.
But, here's just a small sample:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is still undefeated in his professional boxing career. It's been 44 fights and no one has managed to break the shell and end his reign.
That's still accurate, but change 44 into 45, as Mayweather ran another boxing clinic over the weekend (Sat., Sept. 14, 2013), routing Saul "Canelo" Alvarez via majority decision at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, in perhaps the highest-grossing combat sports pay-per-view (PPV) event ever on Showtime.
"Canelo" certainly tried, but his gameplan was a bit strange, attempting to patiently box with the best boxer in the world instead of using his size advantage to try and bully the smaller man or take advantage of his granite chin to flurry more often.
Here's more from Mayweather's last "Money" performance against Robert Guerrero a few months ago:
It was a tepid fight last Saturday night (May 4, 2013) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and as predicted, Mayweather would counterpunch in ones and a few twos, then clinch or get the heck out of Dodge.
That's where the similarities diverge. Alvarez's decision to box at range, throwing smaller combinations and committing less gave Mayweather a lot more opportunities to showcase both his hand speed and defensive acumen.
It was actually one of Mayweather's more interesting fights (watch full video highlights here) -- at least in the past few years -- but that's a different set of standards than most fans have for other fighters.
Fortunately, the Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse fight on the under card provided excitement for those looking for more than simply a display of skill (watch full video highlights here). Say what you want about how good Mayweather is -- and I'm one of the ones saying it -- he doesn't really provide any of the theatrics that someone like Garcia or Matthysse can give.
I mean, how often do you see someone get hit so hard their mouthpiece goes flying out of the ring, yet they still won the fight?
It's a shame that Mayweather rarely gives the audience more of those incredible memories because his stock would be so much higher than it is. As it is, fans of our own sport of mixed martial mrts (MMA) relate him to another fighter who competes with a risk-adverse style, Georges St. Pierre. a dominant champion who gets bashed by a segment of the fans for the way he fights, while also being praised to the heavens by others who claim he's on "another level."
A few more observations about "Mayweather vs. Canelo:"
- It is said that boxing has a flow to it, and Mayweather has mastered that flow. The timing that he demonstrates when opponents go to punch him and he punches back is poetic. Watching that fight, it was incredibly rare to see the two combatants throwing forward at the same time. Canelo would punch and Money would defend, then he would throw back while Alvarez would either eat the punch or get ready for his next one. It was always back-and-forth and Mayweather never hit a dissonant note.
- In the 36 minutes of that fight, I'm not sure either man threw a simultaneous punch. Quite honestly, I think that was Alvarez's downfall. He ate a few clean shots from Mayweather with little or no effect. What he should have been doing is trying to get those types of exchanges happening more in the hopes that he could catch Mayweather with something. Standing at range and letting Mayweather see your shots coming is a recipe for disaster.
- There's a really good chance that boxing is rigged, or at least attempting to be. Either that or C.J. Ross is the most useless waste of Oxygen in the sport. Here's a little food for thought to mull over: A Mayweather majority decision was 21:1 odds. If she felt Mayweather would dominate, it'd be quite easy to make money off that. Especially when you look at Mayweather's record and all of the unanimous decisions he has on his perfect record. Also the line for a draw went from 30:1 to 8:1 in a short amount of time. That means money flooded in on that line. Given all of the opportunities that one has to screw up when trying to catch every detail over a 36-minute span, it's not hard to imagine that Ross is simply an incompetent moron who should be banned from the sport. However, it's also not hard to imagine someone being greedy and corrupt enough to get some money for calling something out of whack (and who should be banned from the sport).
- Getting back to my old article, what's next for Mayweather is remarkably similar. Four months ago, I wrote that the likely candidates for Mayweather's next fight would be:
- Winner of Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez
- Winner of Adrien Broner vs. Paulie Malignaggi
- Amir Khan
- Saul "Canelo" Alvarez
- Manny Pacquiao
- Kell Brook/other
Well we got No. 4 on the list, much to the surprise of myself and a lot of people. Bradley and Marquez have yet to go (Oct. 12, 2013), Broner beat Malignaggi, so that's an option, Khan is set to face Devon Alexander on Dec. 7, 2013, so that's probably off the table, "Pacman" is fighting Brandon Rios on Nov. 23, 2013, so that make him an unlikely candidate and Brook is still a dark horse (set to face former Malignaggi victim Vyacheslav Senchenko in England on Oct. 26, 2013.
So my updated "NEXT!" list is now:
- Winner of Timothy Bradley vs Juan Manuel Marquez
- Adrien Broner
- Kell Brook
- Amir Khan
- Manny Pacquiao
And no matter how it shakes out, it wouldn't be a shock for more of the same in Mayweather's next match and the one after that, too.
Ho-hum greatness. Lather, rinse, repeat.