LAS VEGAS—Facing artificially his toughest challenge yet where even odds makers doubted that he could defeat a young undefeated Mexican, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather pitched a virtual shutout against Canelo Alvarez in their mega showdown here at the sold out MGM Grand Garden Arena.
As the biased Mexican crowd jeered his ring entrance with a bear chested Lil Wayne rapping a personalized ‘Money Team’ cut, Mayweather brought his A game into the ring against Alvarez.
It didn’t take long for Mayweather to alienate Alvarez passionate Mexican following.
After cruising to the first two rounds of the fight peppering the redhead 23-year old with jabs to and right hand body shots, he then took his fight pattern into another gear in the second half of the fight.
Much to the scattered applause of stars such as P-Diddy, basketball star Paul Pierce, actor Don Cheadle and a flux of other entertainers, Mayweather followed up rounds four and five in which he hurt Alvarez with flurries to paint a master piece in the sixth round.
Alvarez was obviously frustrated and began shoving and hitting Mayweather low, but Mayweather wearing turquoise blue leather trunks Mayweather dazed Alvarez in the seventh.
The pulsating build up the perhaps the most lucrative boxing event in the history of the sport was felt everywhere in sin city from the crap tables, to the roulette wheels and most importantly at the economic engine which was off the charts.
Mayweather made $41 million, Alvarez $5 and both will see huge profits from the pay per view. The big question for Mayweather is who would be next. He vowed afterwards that he would go on vacation before his next fight in May.
Veteran African American referee Kenny Bayless said that Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather was more serious than any of the previous four bouts that he has officiated.
Just after giving more Canelo Alvarez and Mayweather instructions to their mega fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Bayless spoke to the Sentinel exclusively.
“Floyd didn’t ask any questions and was much more serious about this fight than any of the previous four that I have officiated with him,” Bayless.
In contrast, Alvarez was quite calm. “He was very calm as he has been throughout this promotion. Unusual for someone that age,” concluded Bayless.
Mayweather is a prohibitive favorite, but Mexicans poured in late money into Alvarez. Alvarez was falsely a 7/2 to choice win a decision and just 4-1 to win by knockout. Those odds could have been 1000-1.