Mayweather vs. Canelo: Why Money's Performance Bodes Well for Future

Ryan DavenportContributor ISeptember 15, 2013

Sep 14, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather Jr. (blue gloves) and Canelo Alvarez battle it during their during their WBC and WBA super welterweight titles fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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On Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather orchestrated yet another classic performance at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, as Money eased past Saul Alvarez in typical fashion. 

As has been the case during his last few fights, Mayweather hasn't needed to land a knockout punch, because he's managed to get past opponents by sticking to his greatest attributes, which are his remarkably stingy defense and his efficient offensive attack. 

After the dispatching of Canelo in a rather decisive fashion (unless of course, if you ask CJ Ross), the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet is now in search of a new challenge, because his deal with Showtime states that he's got at least four fights remaining in his legendary career (via ESPN). 

Regardless of who Mayweather faces off against next, against Canelo, the 36-year-old demonstrated that he's got more than enough left in the tank to finish his career undefeated. 

Heading into his final four bouts, the next of which being reportedly pegged to go down in May of 2014, here's why Mayweather's showing against Alvarez bodes well for the future. 


Opportunistic offense

Despite attempting less punches than his opponent for the second consecutive bout, Mayweather was selective about when he threw his blows, and that was one of the defining factors in his victory. 

All in all, Mayweather connected on 232 of 506 attempts, while Canelo landed just 117 of his 526, which is a big reason why Money was able to easily overcome the vast difference in power between the two. 

With unparalleled quickness and intellect in terms of when to attack, Mayweather can't be matched, and that showed against Alvarez. 

And as Mayweather continues into the twilight of his career, his superior instincts and quick-strike ability will serve him well during his pursuit of retiring without a loss to his name. 


Impenetrable defense

As has been the case for quite some time, Mayweather showed the boxing world why he's the most difficult boxer out there to land blows on. 

Against a much younger and more powerful opponent, Money kept Canelo at bay by continuously dodging and goading the 23-year-old Mexican into unleashing wishful attempts, especially as the bout wore on. 

Mayweather isn't going to overpower many of the top-flight opponents he's sure to face during his final handful of showdowns, but on Saturday, as he did earlier in 2013 against Robert Guerrero, he's more than capable of compensating for that by keeping his foes from delivering potential knockout blows. 


Ability to overcome adversity

During Round 1, it was unclear as to whether Mayweather would dominate Canelo. Some people, such as USA Today's Mike Coppinger, actually believed Alvarez had a slight edge early on. 

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.

Regardless of who you believe took the first act, Money made sure that the fight's outcome was in doubt for only a few minutes longer, as he put together 11 rounds of superior boxing. 

Outside of Ross, the other two ringside judges had Mayweather as the winner during at least seven of the next 10 rounds, so by the time Round 12 had rolled around, Money had already cemented his claim on victory No. 45. 

After such a complete performanceagainst a previously undefeated quality opponent no lessMayweather proved that his mental strength and ability to adhere to a game plan have never been stronger, which has to be scary for his future potential challengers.