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UFC President Dana White dishes on Mayweather vs. Canelo, buries ‘unfit’ boxing judge CJ Ross

UFC President Dana White gives his first-hand view of the mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Canelo Alvarez and dishes on the fight's scoring controversy, something he is all-too familiar with.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. once again proved his dominance in the boxing world by systematically dismantling Saul Alvarez for 12 rounds last weekend (Sept. 14, 2013) on Showtime pay-per-view (PPV) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada (recap here).

Branded "Money's" first true challenger in years, Alvarez wasn't able to do what he did to his previous 43 opponents, and that's get in his opponent's face and take the fight straight to him.


According to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White -- who was "The One" in attendance alongside his Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez -- Mayweather's infamous jab was just too much for "Canelo" to handle.

Furthermore, Floyd did what he always does, and that's make his foes fight his style of fighting, which, despite some controversial scoring from C.J. Ross, allowed "Money" to walk out of the arena still undefeated at 45-0 and a whopping $41 million richer.

White recently spoke to The Telegraph to give his view of the fight and Ross's questionable scoring. He even offered up his scorecard, which may or may not have been a bit off, thanks to a few drinks.

"The judge wasn't fit to be there. She wasn't fit to be there, and it's a problem we're having in the UFC right now. As far as I'm concerned, there were a lot of people that were smashing the fight and talking about it's boring and this and that, but man Floyd Mayweather is a boxer and all the stuff that's been said about Floyd Mayweather... you can hate on him, everybody has the right to hate, but you've got to give him his respect back where it's due. I mean the guy's 36 years old, but he went out there and fought the exact fight he needed to fight and really made Canelo fight his fight. I don't know if that was the plan for Canelo to go out and fight the way he did, but you're gonna go out there and try and out-jab Floyd Mayweather? You've got to fight Floyd Mayweather, man, you don't box Floyd Mayweather. You've got to fight him. And he didn't, he didn't try to fight him, he didn't do what he needed to do and Floyd made it look easy. I gave Canelo three rounds and people were like ‘you're out of your mind.' People thought I was crazy. I'll be honest, I had a couple of drinks in me, I wasn't really watching the fight to score it, and I think I gave him the three rounds where I was like ‘Oh, that's a tough round to score.' And people thought I was crazy for that."

And unlike Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) Executive Director Keith Kizer, White will continue to criticize Ross, a judge who obviously doesn't know what she's doing, according to the persnickety president.

White vents:

"How a judge -- A JUDGE -- somebody who's being paid to be there, somebody who's supposed to know what they're doing, called that fight a draw, it's just an embarrassment. The way that I look at this weekend (overall), this weekend couldn't have been a better weekend for boxing."

Ross has since taken a leave of absence from the "sweet science" and will likely not be on hand to score boxing's next great event on the heels of her controversial and highly questionable call.

As for Mayweather, his legacy (and bank account) remain intact as he patiently waits for his next challenger. In the meantime, "Money" plans on dabbling in the mixed martial arts (MMA) world, to take the sport to the "next level" with his management skills.

And he wouldn't mind working with the top dog in the business, despite their past differences.

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