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After Mayweather Dominates Canelo, What’s Next?

Floyd Mayweather and Justin Bieber Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Floyd Mayweather and Justin Bieber Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Floyd Mayweather and Justin Bieber Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Floyd Maywether Celebrates Win Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Floyd Maywether Celebrates Win Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Canelo Feels Onslaught of Mayweather Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Canelo Feels Onslaught of Mayweather Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Mayweather Punishes Canelo Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Mayweather Punishes Canelo Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Danny Garcia vs Lucas Matthysse Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Danny Garcia vs Lucas Matthysse Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Victorious Danny Garcia Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Victorious Danny Garcia Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

In a fight billed “The One” that may go down as the highest grossing fight in history, veteran boxer Floyd Money Mayweather dominated 23-year old Mexican Saul Canelo Alvarez on Saturday, September 14, 2013. The MGM Grand was filled with fans of Canelo, but the ring brilliance of Mayweather took the crowd out of the fight. Canelo’s fans cheered every time he landed a punch, which wasn’t often, as he landed only 22% (117 of 526) of his punches. Mayweather on the other hand, dazzled the crowd with his defense and array of combinations, landing 46% (232 of 505) of his punches in decisively winning nearly every round of the fight.

So when it went to the scorecards after the 12-round bout, many at MGM, including a visibly upset Mayweather, was surprised that it was a majority decision. While two judges had the fight 117-111 and 116-112 for Mayweather, which was strange enough, as I found it difficult to give Canelo more than one round, one judge had the fight as a draw. How anyone, including a child, could watch that fight and say Canelo won six rounds is disturbing. The fact that it was someone who gets paid to be a boxing judge is why the sport has some skeptical fans. Ross is a 64-year old female judge, and her duties of being hired to judge top-level boxing events should be terminated immediately.

What’s next for Floyd? He will more than likely be fighting Saturday, May 3, 2014, as it is two days before Cinco de Mayo. He has fought the last two years on the weekend he called ‘Cinco de Mayweather’ and look for it to happen again. Who will Mayweather fight? The name that was tossed around during the press conference was Danny Garcia, who scored an impressive victory over Lucas Matthysse in the semi-main event. Garcia, from Philadelphia, needs to raise his profile significantly in the next eight months to face Mayweather and draw the type of attention to make himself a worthy opponent from the financial standpoint, like Saul Canelo Alvarez was. Unfortunately, he was not a worthy competitor in the ring.

There were numerous celebrities in the attendance for the fight, including Sean Diddy Combs, Denzel Washington, Jack Nicholson, LL Cool J, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Rick Ross, Rosie Perez, Jalen Rose, Bernard Hopkins, Don Cheadle, and Michael Strahan, among many, many others. Lil Wayne, who performed a barely audible version of his hit ‘A Milli’ and pop superstar Justin Bieber walked Mayweather to the ring. Bieber also accompanied Mayweather to the post-fight press conference.

The next big fight on my agenda involves the legendary Hopkins. The Executioner, who will turn 49 in January, will defend his IBF Light Heavyweight World Championship against Karo Murat in Atlantic City. Hopkins could also be a possible opponent in eight months for Mayweather, if Floyd was willing to fight at 160lbs. Either way, without mentioning the world retirement, Mayweather said he will fight for two more years. If he fights twice in May and twice in September in both 2014 and 2015, that would fulfill his enormous deal with CBS and Showtime, and end the career of one of the greatest boxers ever.

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  1. Erven Joned

    September 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I was in a steak house Tenders at the Luxor hotel Sunday evening after the fight. I ran into Mayweather manager Leonard Ellerbe. He was nice enough to give me some time. I told him his camp should put this on americans especially black americans brain.
    If Floyd was Mexican or Puerto Rican he would be bigger than he already is. Other nationalities root for their fighter when lose or draw, they come support with props too.
    Americans have the best in the game probably ever and he’s met with a lot of hate.
    I get people despise him flaunting his wealth and bragging, but so did Puerto Rican icon fighter Hector Camacho. Camacho flaunted his wealth, talked trash had crazy antics and a huge known drug habit along with incarceration. Didn’t matter to the Puerto Ricans they loved Camacho even in death and so did I. They respect his ability, but even more they will never publicly go against their people. Long story short americans have the best that ever did it period. Floyd incarceration was suspect, he don’t get high, he don’t cheat the game, he make good fighters look ordinary or amateur. Stop hating on greatness and respect that man phenomenal ability. So what he flaunt his wealth, he earned it just like the 45-0 record and please don’t bring up Pacman. That’s if he’s still not sleep from a guy Floyd Money Mayweather destroyed. Sounds like a lot, but thanks Leonard Ellerbe for the little bit of your time.

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