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Canelo: Mayweather’s punches were hitting me on the gloves all night

Canelo Alvarez Floyd Mayweather Jr(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.”

Let’s be clear about this; Mayweather was hitting a lot more than gloves tonight. He was landing clean shots to the head, and for Canelo to say that he was getting hit only on the gloves, it was kind of sad. Canelo’s swelled up face told the real truth of what had happened to him in the ring.

Each round was like a repeat of the round before with Mayweather landing hard jabs that snapped Canelo’s head back, and big right hands that caught Canelo in the head before he could even react to him. To be sure, Canelo had a little bit of success in the last 4 rounds, but Maywweather continued to land the cleaner shots and he appeared to win most of the last 4 rounds.

The bad thing about this fight was that Mayweather won so easily that the chances of Golden Boy Promotions being able to sell a rematch between him and Canelo are probably slim. The fight would still do well, but how do you sell a rematch with them now? It was too one-sided to sell this to the boxing public a second time.

Mayweather earned $41.5 million for this fight, and Canelo got a reported $12 million. It’s going to be interesting to see how many pay-per-view buys the fight brings in on Showtime. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer had been talking about it doing at least 2 million buys. We’ll see in the next week or two what the figures are, if they ever announce them. If they don’t announce the figures then you have to assume that the numbers fell short of the 2 million mark.

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