Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has taken down previously undefeated boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a heated Las Vegas battle that took a full 12 rounds with no knockouts.
While Canelo managed to land ample punches on Floyd, Mayweather’s record remains untouched after receiving a majority decision.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. outclassed the younger Saul “Canelo” Alvarez by majority decision Saturday night, out-jabbing, out-working and out-moving the Mexican star. Judge C.J. Ross questionably scored the bout 114-114, but judge Dave Moretti had it 116-112 for Mayweather Jr. and Canadian judge Craig Metcalfe had it 117-111 for the now 45-0 Mayweather. Mayweather, 36, repeatedly beat the 23-year old Alvarez (42-1-1) to take his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Assn. lightmiddleweight belts, saying afterward it was one of his finest performances. “He’s very elusive,” Alvarez said. “Very intelligent, frustration was getting in there. He’s a great fighter.” (Los Angeles Times)
Young Money boss Lil Wayne and pop star Justin Bieber escorted Floyd to the ring Saturday (September 14) night.
Floyd Mayweather’s entered the ring to face Canelo Alvarez in his signature over-the-top style, flanked by rapper Lil Wayne and pop superstar Justin Bieber. Mayweather walked to the ring as Lil Wayne performed a live remix of his hit song “A Milli,” while Justin Bieber just silently strutted and looked cool. (USA Today)
According to reports, Mayweather will receive a guaranteed $41.5 million from the fight and most likely up to $350 million when the extra payouts are tallied up.
Floyd Mayweather puts his legacy and undefeated record on the line Saturday night when he steps into the ring against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Mayweather will receive a record guarantee of $41.5 million (Canelo is due $5 million) and is in line for a total payout millions more after all of the pay-per-view receipts are counted and “Money” Mayweather takes his cut. In a 17-year career full of monster paydays, it will be the biggest one yet, topping the $45 million, including his share of PPV revenue, for fighting Miguel Cotto in 2012. Mayweather’s cumulative earnings will likely hit $350 million with the Canelo fight. (Forbes)
Back in May, fallen boxer Manny Pacquiao said his career was far from over and wanted to prove he could take down Money Mayweather.
During a recent interview with ANC, the English news channel of Filipino TV station ABS-CBN, Manny Pacquiao called Floyd Mayweather Jr. “cocky, boastful,” and claimed that Juan Manuel Marquez landed a “lucky punch” during their fight in December. “For us, Mayweather is cocky, boastful,” said Pacquiao, who turns 35 in December and whose differences with Mayweather over random drug testing contributed to failed negotiations for a megabout between the two. “I can prove to him I can still win. I lost to Marquez but it’s just a lucky punch, just part of the game. I was not dominated. If he wants to fight, let’s fight.” (Ring TV)
A few days prior, Floyd revealed what it would take for him to cave into Pacquiao’s desire to fight.
“Everybody’s like, ‘Aw, Pacquiao,’ but I’m just letting you know he’s not getting a fight with me,” Mayweather said. “The only way he’s getting the fight with me is if he signs with Mayweather Promotions. He’s got to give me fights with Mayweather Promotions. If he don’t give me no fights under Mayweather Promotions, then he’s not getting the fight. That’s how it is working now, because the ball is in my court. The ball has been in my court. I have been the A side.” (Yahoo Sports)
Earlier this year, G-Unit head 50 Cent said Mayweather walked away from an opprotunity to bank at least $100 million to fight Manny.
“Yes, he did duck the fight, that’s $100 million and you just left it,” 50 Cent explained. “I mean for two reasons – I think he concentrates on how much someone else is getting paid as opposed to how much he’s actually getting paid and then I think he kind of sees himself in a space that no one else sees himself in, that he’s so high on top of it that he shouldn’t give some of other great fighters a chance to be in that position at this point. It is true, he could fight a cab driver and we would be tuned into it. … He’s not afraid of Pacquiao or any fighter. I think it’s more of him saying, ‘Who do I have to fight?’ At this point, it’s more about him finding the perfect opponent…” (First Take)