His age is not a problem; weight - not a problem. Staying undefeated; not a problem for Floyd Mayweather as he progressed to 45-0 seeing off Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez at the MGM Grand Arena.
It was the battle of the undefeated, which brought Mayweather and Alvarez going head to head for the Super Welterweight World Championship.
It was age versus experience as the younger more powerful fighter Canelo escalated to the biggest stage of world sport as he faced the pound for pound king Mayweather.
Mayweather started the fight going forward, taking the fight to Alvarez beating him to the jab.
Both fighters progressed to show faints and body shots. Mayweather being the
aggressor almost as if to make a statement knowing that Alvarez is still an inexperienced fighter at the highest level.
Mayweather knew the key to his success in this fight would be to stay off the ropes and keep looking to land his leading right hand, but at the same time avoid exchanging hooks with the powerful Mexican.
The second round saw Mayweather continuing to establish his jab and Alarez looking to work the body. Mayweather was using his jab mainly to keep Alvaerz at bay, who was wanting to counter attack but knew he had to respect the distance to Mayweather and overcommit himself and fall in the trap of leaving a target open for lead right.
Action increased towards the end of the round as Alvarez found a break through to land a lead left hook and have the pound for pound king in moments of trouble, before recovering to land a strong right on the bell.
Round three brought the most entertaining round of the fight so far. Alvarez started the round off strongly being the first to the jab, and making Mayweather miss with an
extended body shot and managing to execute his powerful left hook.
Both fighters came into the fight tactically wanting to throw the shots that would be most effective in disorientating their opponents.
Mayweather used his infinite speed to defend on occasion using his "checked hook".
The excitement continued with Canelo carrying on to use his impressive head and body combinations, with Mayweather ending the round with a double jab right hand combination of his own and a strong counter right hand.
If the forth round was anything like the third, the fans were in for a treat as both fighters went toe to toe, taking the fight to each other, exchanging head and body shots with Canelo using his effective double left hook and Mayweather counter punching with accuracy.
As round five progressed both fighters engaged in the battle of the jabs with Mayweather landing big, hurtful shots from close range.
By round six the Mexican’s corner were telling him that its essential he throws more attacks to start winning more rounds, with Mayweather continuing to aggress.
Mayweather did continue to get stronger up until the final bell letting his hands go
catching Canelo with a splendid uppercut.
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