Magnificent Mayweather decisions Canelo
Floyd Mayweather (45-0) defeated previously undefeated Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (42-1-1) by a 12 round majority decision to pick up the WBC/WBA/Ring light middleweight titles on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The judges scores were 114-114 for a draw, 116-112 and 117-111 for Mayweather.
How CJ Ross saw it even is a mystery known only to herself, because Mayweather produced another stylish performance to retain his unbeaten record and prove he is still the best pound for pound boxer on the planet.
A close opening round was edged by Mayweather's cleaner shots, which seemed to take the same pattern in the 2nd and 3rd with Alvarez trying to force the fight but was made to pay with a counter right or a combination to the head.
Mayweather was really letting his hands go in the 4th, throwing combinations to land on Canelo's head and body. With frustration now setting in, a dig below the waist earned Alvarez a stern warning from referee Kenny Bayliss.
The swelling by the left eye of Alvarez was a receipt of the lead rights he was taking while Mayweather continued to make him miss regularly.
Mayweather continued to control the 5th and 6th, while Canelo tried hard to make inroads, the American was landing some eye-catching punches that Canelo was unable to avoid.
In the 8th the Mexican worked the body with combinations but Mayweather came back strongly late in the round with vicious combinations to the head.
Mayweather outboxed Alvarez through 10 though Canelo was still game and never stopped working, but Mayweather was too fast and too accurate with his counters.
Canelo continued to go looking for the five-weight champion in the 11th, going hard to the body but Mayweather came back with shots of his own to the head.
In the 12th Canelo was looking to land a big shot, but that shot never came as Mayweather mostly coasted while being defensive with victory by now firmly in the bag.
On the co-feature bout Danny Garcia (27-0) defeated Lucas Matthysse (34-3) by UD with scores of 114-112, 115-111 and 114-112 to retain his WBA/WBC light welterweight titles.
Garcia's powerful left hooks closed Matthysse's left eye in the 7th, leaving Matthysse unable to see most hooks coming.
Garcia delivered a left-right midsection combination followed by a left to the head that sent Matthysse to the canvas in round 11 for the first time in his career.
Garcia was penalized a point in round 12 for low blows by referee Tony Weeks.
At the close of the final round the fighters stood and traded blows that brought more than 16,000 fans ecstatically to their feet in a show of appreciation.
Ishe Smith (25-6) lost his IBF light middleweight title in his first defence to Carlos Molina (22-5-2) on a split decision by scores of 116-111 for Smith and 116-112 and 117-111 favouring the new champion after 12 drab rounds.
There were very few shots of note in a fight that failed to hold the attention of everyone but the fighters.