Floyd Mayweather retained his unbeaten record with a stylish victory over Saul Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather improved to 45-0 with another dazzling display of artistry as he made the previously undefeated ‘Canelo’ appear ponderous at times.
‘Money’s superior defensive skills were as sharp as ever as he landed his power shots before retreating out of range, although the judges weren’t as impressed as most observers.
Scores of 117-111, 116-112 and – remarkably – 114-114, did little justice to the American, who remains the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet.
“I didn’t know how to get him, it’s extremely simple,” Alvarez said. “He’s a great fighter, very intelligent. The frustration was getting in there, but he’s a great fighter.
Fighting for the first time against a naturally much bigger man, Mayweather allowed Alvarez to come to him in the opening session but the 36-year-old still landed the cleaner shots.
The Mexican, who had the support of the majority packed into the MGM, looked at ease on the biggest stage but was nowhere near active enough to take Mayweather out of his zone.
Canelo kept trying to force the fight but every time he went after Mayweather he paid for it with a counter right or a combination to the head.