Floyd Mayweather masterclass stuns 'Canelo' Alvarez
Floyd Mayweather produces an inspired performance to beat Saul Alvarez
Floyd Mayweather Jr produced one of the greatest performances in his distinguished career to claim a majority decision over highly-rated Mexican fighter Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
How judge CJ Ross saw the fight a 114-114 draw was beyond comprehension to all at ringside, after 'money' sparkled from the first bell to the last. The other two judges scored the bout 116-112 and 117-111, but even those seemed generous to an out-matched Alvarez.
Mayweather had promised that his opponent would be 'just another stepping stone' on the road to greatness, and it would be hard to disagree in the post-match analysis after the American slipped pretty much everything the 23-year-old had to throw at him.
At 36, the American was very much the veteran in this contest, but towards the end it was Alvarez who was struggling to keep up the incredible pace set by Mayweather - not in the sense of punches thrown, but his movement throughout.
The self-proclaimed superstar appears to be getting better with age, and his stunning defence makes it hard to see if anyone could stop him. Perhaps only the judges, whose scorecards were a surprise to the unified super welterweight champion.
"I'm not in control of what the judges do. I'm a little shocked ... Things happen in the sport of boxing. Everything is a learning experience," he said in the immediate aftermath.
Whilst Mayweather slipped out of trouble with ease, he remained dangerous going forward throughout, and although he failed to land a blow of severity on his much heavier opponent, it was the constant barrage of shots throughout the contest that made the difference.
After such an emphatic win, attention has already turned to who Mayweather might face next in the third of his six-fight, $200million deal with Showtime.
Danny Garcia is a name in the frame after his undercard victory over Lucas Matthysse, but it's hard to see how he - or anyone for that matter - could get past the 'rolling shoulders' defence of one of the greatest boxers of all-time.