Floyd Mayweather didn't just beat Canelo Alvarez on Saturday night; he utterly dominated him. I gave Canelo one of the twelve rounds, and based on general reaction, I was being generous and/or drunk. It was a great performance against Floyd's most legitimate opponent in years. He should rightfully be feted for winning and looking as good as he ever has in doing so.
Let's hold off on crowning Floyd the greatest of all time, or anything close to it. I've commented on this before: boxing is the purest form of competition on the planet, and as a result, you need to - ya know - take into account the level of competition in assessing what it means. Canelo is a good fighter, a deserving young champion, but almost no serious boxing writer or fan gave him a shot with Mayweather. It wasn't just that he wasn't yet in Mayweather's league (and Canelo's resume was far longer than it was deep), it was that his style could not have been more custom made for Mayweather had it been taken from a plaster cast. Canelo is slow on his feet, he fights in spurts, he holds his hands far apart, his "wings" looping punches that occasionally stop for coffee en route to his opponent's face. The point being, Floyd not only should have won this fight, he should have looked very good doing so.