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LAS VEGAS — Easy work. The phrase has become synonymous with recent Floyd Mayweather opponents. Last night in the main event of “The One” pay-per-view, Canelo Alvarez was completely dominated in every facet of pugilism in dropping a majority decision (in name only) to Mayweather.
Canelo, whose well-documented stamina issues were viewed to be his Achilles Heel, tried to conserve himself in the early rounds by working conservatively behind the jab and attempting to dig straight rights to the body. Mayweather quickly nullified this strategy by shooting counter left hooks and right hands.
Starting in the fourth, Mayweather came in the pocket utilizing the shoulder roll, daring Canelo to throw his traemark right hand. When the Mexican superstar obliged, Mayweather upper body movement had the shots grazing harmlessly off his shoulders, arms and gloves. With perfect timing and accuracy, Mayweather came back with right hand. Canelo’s frustration was readily apparent by the middle rounds, and he was warned by referee Kenny Bayless about throwing fouls.
Mayweather had his most dominant round in the seventh when Canelo went to the ropes in a vain attempt to bait him. The result was numerous left jab-straight right combinations and left hooks; Canelo’s counter attempts were always a step behind.
The late rounds followed the same pattern with Canelo being completely lost on offense. In one humiliating sequence, a Canelo hook missed badly and hit the ropes, to which Mayweather paused and incredulously looked at the vibrating area.
The final scores seemed a foregone conclusion; some observers ringside (this writer included), had the fight a shutout win on the scorecards. However, veteran judge CJ Ross had the bout a draw (114-114). Her verdict was overruled by Craig Metcalfe (117-111) and Dave Moretti (116-112), giving Mayweather a majority decision victory.
The co-main event saw the emergence of Danny Garcia as the unchallenged king of the junior welterweights with an impressive unanimous decision win over Lucas Matthysse.
The first six rounds were highly intense with each man landing their fair share of powerful left hooks and right hands. Matthysse held a slight edge because of his aggression and ability to trap Garcia on the ropes and work the body.
The tide would shift tremendously in the seventh when Matthysse’s right eye began to swell badly from Garcia’s left hooks. Unable to see Garcia’s best weapon coming, Matthysse became more reckless in his attacks, thus allowing Garcia more openings to counter. It would be a left hook counter to the body that cause Matthysse to suffer the first knockdown of his career in the 11th. The two men would trade big power shots in the last 30 seconds of the 12th to wild approval from the fans, despite Garcia losing a point in the same round for a low blow.
The scorecards were unanimous for Garcia with scores of 115-111, and 114-112 twice.
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