Canelo Alvarez’s comments following his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. over the weekend further cement the notion that he was totally outclassed in the fight. Canelo (42-1-1, 30 KOs) recognized that he was unable to catch Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs), which is what anyone who watched the fight saw. Everyone except boxing judge CJ Ross, who inexplicably scored it a draw.
“He’s very elusive, he’s a great fighter and that’s why I couldn’t catch him,” Canelo said after the fight. “I didn’t know how to get him. It’s as simple as that. He’s very elusive. He’s a great fighter.
“The frustration was getting in there. But simply he’s a great fighter. I didn’t want to lose. I didn’t want to leave here with a loss. But it happens and it hurts.”
It was clear watching that fight that Alvarez couldn’t touch Floyd. Mayweather was too quick and elusive for him. I seriously question whether Alvarez hurt Floyd even once during the entire bout. Did Alvarez land more than 20 good punches the entire fight? The punch stats said he landed 117 total punches, which is less than 10 per round. He didn’t do any damage to Floyd. This was one of Mayweather’s best, most one-sided performances in years. Yet somehow one judge thought it was even. How could the fight be even when one guy admits he couldn’t catch the other one?
So why did Mayweather have such an easy time with Alvarez?
You may recall prior to the fight that we posted a story about Floyd Sr. saying he had a mole inside Canelo’s camp. That seems like it was true based on Floyd Jr.’s comments after the bout.
“My dad had a brilliant game plan. I executed that game plan. I could have pressed it and got the late stoppage, but tonight experience played a major key. Tonight was just my night.”
I question whether Floyd could have gotten a late stoppage as he says, but I don’t doubt that he had a brilliant game plan and executed it well.
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