On Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather Jr. did what he does best, as he took control of his highly anticipated bout with Saul Alvarez during the early rounds and never looked back.
In what was supposed to be one of Money's most difficult challenges to date, the undisputed pound-for-pound king used impeccable defense, superior strategy and a remarkably efficient attack to down Canelo in 12 rounds at the MGM Grand.
For anyone actually watching the fight, it seemed obvious that Money had claimed his 46th consecutive victory by the time the bell had rung on Round 12, because he not only landed considerably more punches than Canelo, but also held unquestionable momentum for the majority of the bout.
But somehow, not all of the three judges saw it that way, per ESPN.com:
Judges Dave Moretti (116-112) and Craig Metcalfe (117-111) had it for Mayweather, while judge C.J. Ross scored it an unconscionable 114-114. She also is one of the two judges who gave Timothy Bradley Jr. a decision win against Manny Pacquiao in one of boxing's most controversial decisions in years. ESPN.com had it a 120-108 shutout for Mayweather.
Despite the clear misjudgment on the part of Ross, Mayweather had the support of virtually any credible source who witnessed the bout, which is fitting given that Money landed 232 punches to Canelo's 117.
For a complete look back at the fight, check out Bleacher Report's live round-by-round coverage.
According to two of the three ringside judges, Mayweather took five straight rounds from No. 3 to No. 8, while Ross (the only one of the three not to have Money taking the decision) had Mayweather winning the fourth through the seventh.
Clearly, Ross had a very different interpretation of the bout than Metcalfe and Moretti, as she had Mayweather winning no more than half of the night's rounds.
It's simply ludicrous to believe that Metcalfe and Moretti could have been so grossly mistaken in their ringside judgments, because Ross' scorecard suggests that they each awarded Money two to three more rounds than he deserved.
During Round 1, Metcalfe and Moretti tabbed Mayweather as the victor, while Ross went with Canelo, but at some, such as USA Today's Mike Coppinger, opined, it was almost too close to call:
It was a tough round to score with neither fighter doing much, but it will be interesting to see if the crowd sways the judges. 10-9, Alvarez on this card.
However, later, during Round 8, things really started to get fishy on Ross' scorecard.
According to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, Money deserved the decision in No. 8:
Good Canelo combination to body and head. He jabs. Good Mayweather jab holding Canelo’s arm. Mayweather jab and slip away. Two good Mayweather jabs. Canelo left to gut. Has Mayweather on ropes and lands good right, Mayweather’s out of there. Canelo lets rip power combinations, but accepts two very hard rights to face. Good overhand right by Mayweather. Mayweather 10-9
Moretti and Metcalfe each agreed, and furthermore, both had the bout scored at an identical 79-73 following the round after awarding it to Money by a 10-9 margin.
But once again, the third ringside judge missed something, as she not only gave the round to Canelo, but by that point in the fight, Ross had Money up by just a 77-75 margin on the evening.
From there, Mayweather for the most part allowed his defense to take over, and though two of the three judges had Alvarez winning three of the final four rounds, Money had done more than enough by that time to seal the outcome of the fight.
Overall, Mayweather's performance during the early to middle stages of the fight set the tone for the rest of the bout, because Canelo simply had too much ground to make up and no way of breaking through Money's superior defense and opportunistic attack.
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