By Dan Ambrose: If you want to point to the single factor for why WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) was so badly beaten by the undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) last night in Las Vegas, Nevada, you might want to look at the fact that Canelo only came into the fight with a 15 pound weight advantage over Mayweather by rehydrating to 165 lbs. after making the 152 lb. catch-weight last Friday night.
Canelo was a much different animal in his last fight when he came in at a hulking 172 lbs. for his win over Austin Trout last April. If you don’t believe that those 7 pounds didn’t make a difference then you’re kidding yourself. A light heavyweight-sized Canelo vs. a super middleweight-sized Canelo are two dramatically different things. There was no way for Canelo to squash Mayweather with his size last night like he’d been doing against the other welterweights he’d been beating because Canelo didn’t have enough size. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Hogan Photos) By Chris Williams: WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KO’s) could have put himself in the drivers’ seat for a big money fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) next May on the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo, but Garcia’s clinch-filled 12 round unanimous decision win over Lucas Matthysse (34-3, 32 KO’s) last night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, wasn’t the kind of performance that will likely lead to a Mayweather fight.
The Garcia-Matthysse fight was thought ahead of time to potentially be the best fight on the card, but thanks to Garcia’s constant holding and running, it turned out to be the worst fight by far of the night. Read the rest of this entry »
By Tom Drury: Last night I witnessed along with the rest of the world a nothing less than scintillating performance by boxing’s pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. This was the fight that has finally silenced Mayweather’s critics and doubters with a on-esided 12 round majority decision win over WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s). When this fight was announced I was one of the first to say this fight was “easy work” for Mayweather. Fans, critics, trainers and fighters all believed this was Mayweather’s biggest challenge. How wrong can you be?
As the build up to this fight gathered pace I actually started to believe the hype that Alvarez could at least give Mayweather competition. However, by the end of round 2 it was clear the young pretender was way out of his depth and in deep water as is the case with all Mayweather opponents. By round 4-5 I was starting to feel sorry for Alvarez, the hopes and expectation of a nation on his shoulders and he was been quite frankly exposed and embarrassed by the genius of Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »
By Robert Elmore: Albums usually don’t drop on Sundays, but this is a special occasion. The executive produced 45 and Counting by Floyd Mayweather Jr. showcased his writing and production skills. The album has already sold a record setting 2 million copies worldwide on the first day and produced two singles “The Hype is Over” and “Why Weight” have gone double platinum.
“The Hype is Over” talks about how the media and all the Floyd haters have built yet another fighter in attempt to dethrone him. Like fights before this one, this was supposed to be Floyd’s toughest challenge. But once again, he made easy work of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. “Why Weight” makes all his detractors question themselves about his fight being at a catch weight and educates them at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »
By Sevak Sarkisian: A long awaited and perhaps expired re-match has been scheduled to take place in Corpus Christi Texas on November 16th between former multi weight world champion’s Vic Darchinyan (39-5 28KO’s) and Nonito Donaire (31-2 20KO’s). The fight is rumored to serve as a part of a triple header on a HBO card.
It was on a warm summer evening in July of 2007 when the undefeated and seemingly unstoppable IBF and IBO world flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan was supposed to make a routine defense of his titles against a young unknown Nonito Donaire (17-1) at the time. It was going to be Darchinyan’s 7th defense of his IBF strap. However, we all know what happen on that night. Read the rest of this entry »
(Hogan Photos) By Carlos Gonzalez: Yes, my dear boxing fans, yes. Once again Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO´s) showed the world and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO´s) that he is the best pound for pound boxer in the business. Mayweather took the center of the ring like he does in all his fights. This is the place where he feels comfortable, this is the place where he makes the magic, and this is the place where he shut down Canelo last night. Mayweather pounded Canelo with 505 punches out of which 232 landed.
The punches were of all sorts which come to no surprise considering Mayweather´s skill and accuracy. Mayweather manage to go in and out using his lighting speed jab, and in many occasions following it up with an accurate right hand that definitely was leaving bruises on young Canelo´s face. Read the rest of this entry »
(Hogan Photos) By Sam Jaegerson: Five weight world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) is a disease, and when I say disease I mean this as the biggest compliment I could possibly give. Much like a disease Mayweather adapts perfectly to his surroundings, breaks you down and once he finds your weaknesses takes full advantage. The problem for the boxing world, much like a disease every time you think you have a cure for Mayweather, he evolves. In the build-up to last nights super fight Oscar De la Hoya constantly bombarded us with the word blueprint.
De La Hoya’s split decision loss to Mayweather in 2007 is the closest anyone has ever come to beating Mayweather. The blueprint what was used that night saw Oscar working his way in using the jab either to the body or the head, then using combinations to try and nullify Mayweather unmatched countering abilities. This game plan was extremely successful until the midway point of the fight. Many journalists and experts to this day say if Oscar had carried his blueprint into the second half of the fight Mayweather would no longer have a perfect record. De La Hoya was actually criticized on the night for not doing this. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Stevie Ocallaghan: Last night in Las Vegas we witnessed pretty much what we all knew would happen. Floyd Mayweather scoring a pretty much one sided win against the unbeaten young Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Did anybody really expect anything else? Alvarez is a good fighter, but that’s it. He will have a good career, he already has but he was never going to beat Floyd. Hes just not good enough.
Alvarez said he just couldn’t figure Floyd out. Its not about figuring out its just Floyd was and is better. The kind of fighter for Mayweather to make it a better fight is actually someone like Amir Khan or Devon Alexander. Even a Pauli Malignaggi would give Floyd a better fight than Alvarez. The three named fighters have skills and speed. Read the rest of this entry »
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) By Chris Williams: Former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) tasted defeat for the first time in his career tonight courtesy of Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) who beat him by a 12 round majority decision by the scores 114-114, 116-112, 117-111. The entire world saw the Las Vegas, Nevada based fight and they know that Mayweather clowned Canelo tonight, and made him look like novice.
It was disappointing to hear Canelo after the fight seemingly denying that he was dominated by Mayweather in saying “His [Mayweather] punches were just hitting my gloves…I just couldn’t catch him.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Dan Ambrose: Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KO’s) totally dominated WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) in winning a 12 round majority decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final judges decision was 114-114, 116-112, 117-111. The judge that had it even at 114-114 appeared to be watching a completely different fight because there was no way that Canelo had earned a draw in this fight unless the judge had his eyes closed for the entire fight. It was a mismatch all the way through the fight.
Mayweather hit Canelo at will with shots in every round. The only time Canelo had any success was in the last 3 rounds when Mayweather stopped nailing him with right hands as often, but even then Canelo still wasn’t able to land much. He was missing like mad and getting clowned by Mayweather. Read the rest of this entry »