Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Saul Alvarez
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Floyd Mayweather Jr 151 lbs beat Saul Alvarez 152 lbs by MD in round 12 of 12
- Date: 2013-09-14
- Location: MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Kenny Bayless
- Judge: Dave Moretti 116-112
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- Judge: CJ Ross 114-114
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- Judge: Craig Metcalfe 117-111
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- Official scorecard
- Unofficial Associated Press scorecard: 119-109 Mayweather
- Unofficial ESPN.com scorecard: 120-108 Mayweather
- Unofficial RingTV.com scorecard: 116-113 Mayweather
- Promoters: Golden Boy Promotions, Mayweather Promotions
- Ring Announcer: Jimmy Lennon Jr.
- Aired On: Showtime Pay-Per-View (Main Event)
- World Boxing Council Super Welterweight Title (7th defense by Alvarez)
- World Boxing Association Super World Super Welterweight Title (1st defense by Mayweather)
- The Ring Magazine Junior Middleweight Title (1st defense by Alvarez)
- Official Special Edition Art Poster
- Floyd Mayweather Jr. 44-0 (26 KOs) vs. Saul Alvarez 42-0-1 (30 KOs)
- Mayweather entered the fight as The Ring Magazine's #1 boxer pound-for-pound and the #1 junior middleweight contender. He also was recognized as the world welterweight champion by The Ring and held the WBC welterweight title. Alvarez entered as The Ring's junior middleweight champion and their #9 boxer pound-for-pound.
- Both Mayweather and Alvarez were recognized as super welterweight super champions by the WBA. The WBA's ratings listed Mayweather as SUPER CHAMPION and Alvarez as UNIFIED CHAMPION. Alvarez also held the WBC super welterweight title.
- Mayweather was guaranteed a record $41.5 million purse, while Alvarez was expected to make about $12 million.  
- Promotions for the fight included an 11-city, two-country media and fan tour. The tour was the biggest one mounted for a fight since 2007, when Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya also visited 11 cities in the build up to their junior middleweight championship fight, which set the all-time pay-per-view record with nearly 2.5 million buys. 
- As a first in history, the WBC announced that they would award the winner a belt in large 24K gold (not plated). The WBA also stated that they would present a special belt to the winner, but it turned out to only be a new version of their "Super Champion" belt, made by Sartonk.
- Tickets went on sale on June 25 and sold out within 24 hours. The ticket prices were $2,000, $1,500, $1,000, $600, and $350.
- The gross gate was $20,003,150, which was the largest in Nevada boxing history (16,146 seats at an average of $1,240 per ticket). The previous record was set by Mayweather's split decision victory over Oscar De La Hoya in 2007, which grossed $18,419,200.  .
- The fight shattered the all-time record for the highest-grossing pay-per-view fight of all time, generating $150 million in revenue from 2.2 million pay-per-view buys. The $150 million in pay-per-view haul broke the record set by Mayweather vs. De La Hoya. That fight generated $136 million from an all-time record 2.48 million pay-per-view buys. Adjusted for inflation, Mayweather vs. De La Hoya would be worth $153 million in 2013 dollars. 
- The pay-per-view card was also shown at nearly 550 movie theaters across the United States.
- The fight aired on broadcast network Televisa and generated the highest rating in Mexican television history, according to Golden Boy Promotions, Alvarez's promoter. Nearly eight of out 10 households in Mexico were tuned into the fight. The fight drew a national rating of 41.5, which equals a 77 share of the viewing audience, or 22.1 million viewers and 5.9 million television households. 
- This was the 11th overall and eighth consecutive fight for Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the fourth appearance for Alvarez at the venue.
- Mayweather entered the fight as a -280 favorite, while Canelo was a +220 underdog. More than $60 million was expected to be wagered on the fight. 
- The bout was fought at a catch weight of 152 lbs.
- Dan Rafael of ESPN.com reported:
- Both fighters tried to establish their jabs in the opening round, although Alvarez also went for Mayweather's body in an effort to slow him down. But that didn't work. Despite it being a tactical fight early, Mayweather, with his quickness, was able to land jabs and move out of the way before Alvarez's slower punches could connect. Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) found a bit more offense in the third round, landing two hard right hands cleanly in succession. Alvarez -- whose contract called for $5 million but whose guarantee was more in the $12 million neighborhood -- took them well. Mayweather snapped Alvarez's head back with another right in the fourth round, and Alvarez retaliated with a low blow, drawing a warning from referee Kenny Bayless. But Mayweather shook it off and began to open up with his punches even more, tagging Alvarez to the head with more right hands and working the body. . . . Mayweather began to lay a bit of a beating on Alvarez in the fifth round. He landed a really clean right hand and was doubling up his jab, and Alvarez's face began to swell. Mayweather continued to land right hands against a seemingly confused and tiring Alvarez in the sixth round. It was more of the same in the seventh, although Mayweather additionally landed a clean right uppercut -- as if Alvarez needed any more problems. The one thing Alvarez had some success with was landing punches on Mayweather's arms. But that was all that was available to him. . . . By the time the last quarter of the fight arrived, Alvarez seemed to have lost his spirit and to be just trying to make it to the final bell as Mayweather continued to land nearly at will. 
- Judge C.J. Ross' 114-114 scorecard was heavily criticized. It was the second scorecard she had rendered in the previous 15 months that had come under intense scrutiny. She was one of the two judges who awarded Timothy Bradley a split decision victory against Manny Pacquiao in June 2012, drawing worldwide condemnation because most believed Pacquiao had won with ease. Three days after the Mayweather-Alvarez fight, Ross sent Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer an email saying that she was taking a leave of absence from working fights. "I will be taking some time off from boxing but will keep in touch," Ross wrote. 
Post Fight Comments
- Floyd Mayweather Jr.: "Seventeen years, and I'm still going strong. I think had I pressed the attack earlier, I could have gotten the stoppage, but I am very happy with my performance."
- Saul "Canelo" Alvarez: "It was simple: I couldn't catch him. He was very elusive. He's a great fighter. I did not know how to get him. He is very intelligent. He's got a lot of experience. Honestly, I couldn't find him. In the later rounds, I felt frustrated. I recognize that he beat me. I tried to connect on him, but I just couldn't. At the same time, he also missed me a lot. A lot of punches landed on my gloves."
- Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer: "This is a vote of confidence for the sport and one would have to be an idiot to keep saying this is a dying sport like some people have said. This shows you the strength of the sport of boxing and that boxing today continues to deliver huge numbers that very few other sports can deliver in one night. This fight will gross over $200 million when you take into account all of the revenues."