Consider the Cinnamon Challenge passed.
He put up a pretty damn good fight for someone who hadn't even debuted by the time Floyd Mayweather Jr. won his first boxing title, but Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was not the man to end 17 years of dominance. Despite a judge who was quite clearly playing Galaga while the others were watching the fight (see her scorecard here), Mayweather earned a decision victory with, as always, impeccable defense and mind-bogglingly accurate counter punching.
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With "The One" now decided at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, last night (Sept. 14, 2013) and the combat sports event of year in the rear-view mirror, what should we expect next from the pound-for-pound king and the latest star to emerge south of the border?
We may have seen the next challenge to Mayweather's throne emerge last night, in fact. Danny Garcia beat the odds -- and one of the biggest punchers in boxing -- to upset Lucas Matthysse (read full recap here), who was expected to knock Garcia into next week. Not only is Garcia undefeated, he's young, talented, has a left hook that can fell medium-sized redwoods, and his dad is the single most punchable human being to ever walk this Earth.
Seriously, if you're looking for someone to out-heel Mayweather, look no further than Angel Garcia (Danny's dad).
Looking around the nearby divisions, there really isn't anyone else. Sergio Martinez was an intriguing option, but the wear-and-tear that Sergio's fight with Murray suggested kind of phased that one out, and as amusing as it would be for Mayweather to step up and fight Gennady Golovkin, it would probably never happen.
There's been some talk about Mayweather fighting the winner of Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander. I don't like it -- it's clear to anyone who's followed Khan's career that he's no threat to Mayweather, crazy speed or not, and Alexander is one of the most excruciatingly boring fighters currently competing.
In other words, I'd be perfectly happy with a Mayweather vs. Garcia next. Make it happen.
Despite the loss, Alvarez is still young and very skilled. He gave Mayweather a very good fight -- better than I expected. There are still plenty of options available to him at 154 and 160 pounds.
While it may not be the most entertaining fight, I do think Erislandy Lara has earned his shot at the title. His loss to Paul Williams and draw with Vanes Matirosyan were bogus and he survived Alfredo Angulo's best shots to break the man's face. It's an entertaining style match up and a winnable fight for both men.
I say make that happen, too.
The Miguel Cotto option is still available, but I think Cotto's best days are behind him. We're not even going to discuss the possibility of Alvarez fighting Carlos Molina.
So, who would you prefer these two guys fight? Mayweather vs. Wladimir Klitschko? Canelo Alvarez vs. Nonito Donaire? Let's hear it!