By Pete Allman
Photos by Tom Donoghue
Floyd “Money” Mayweather lived up to his expectations on Saturdays
WBC/WBA Champion fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at The MGM Grand
right shots. For Mayweather (45-0, 26 KO’s), it was another payday.
Mayweather showed he could trade punches with Alvarez by using his jab
and countering with rights to his jaw and body.
Alvarez, on the other side of the coin, felt by eating well and
putting on the extra weight before the fight, he would have the
advantage. It didn’t help him though, especially when he had to catch
Mayweather in the early rounds with strong body shots. He was no match
for Mayweather’s experience and speed.
Mayweather showed his dominance throughout the rounds, especially in
the 5th and 7th where he connected strong rights and straight-forward
punches, not to mention having Alvarez on the ropes in the 7th.
Judge Craig Metcalfe of Canada scored it 117-111 in favor of
Mayweather, while Dave Moretti of Las Vegas had it 116-112 for
Mayweather. CJ Ross had it a draw at 114-114. Showtime punch stats
showed that Mayweather landed 46 percent of his 232 punches out of
505, while Alvarez landed 117 of his 526 punches. That’s 22 percent
compared to Mayweather’s 46 percent. Of the power punches, Alvarez
landed 232 to Mayweather’s 175.
This was without question the biggest pay-per-view fight in the
history of boxing. The paid gate alone was 20 million and the
pay-per-view is reported to have been 100 million. Among the many
celebrities who attended this fight were Denzil Washington, Jack
Nicholson, Magic Johnson, Lizzy Caplan, Rosie Perez, LL Cool Jay, Don
Chendle, Lil Wayne and Justin Beiber.
Semi Main Event Danny Garcia vs Lucas Matthysee
Danny Garcia (27-0, 16KO’s) of Phildelphia surprised Lucas Matthysee
(35-3-ind, 32KO’s) of Argentina, with his excellent speed and far
better boxing skills than his opponent. Garcia winning the WBA/WBC
Super Lightweight title won by unanimous decision. Matthysee, a power
hitter, didn’t have the accuracy to make his hits count. His game plan
had changed after his right eye was closed from the lightning speed of
Garcia in the early 5th round.
Calos Molina vs Ishe Smith
Carlos Molina (22-5-2,6 KO’s) won a 12-round IBF Jr. Middleweight
title from Ishe Smith (25-6, 11KO’s). The scores were 117-111 for
Monlina, 116-112 for Smith, 116-112 Molina. Carlos Molina won by split