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Floyd Mayweather stretched his unbeaten run to 45 fights with a fairly comfortable points victory against Saul Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather, who remains the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world courtesy of this victory, had been warned to expect the toughest fight of his career against the highly-rated 23-year-old Mexican.
However, the 36-year-old American didn’t give Alvarez a chance to get close to him throughout the 12 rounds as he landed his power shots before retreating out of range.
Mayweather, and the majority of those watching in the MGM, were expecting a unanimous points decision so there was an element of shock when scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114 were returned from the judges.
Mayweather, who collected a guaranteed biggest payday $41.5million from the fight and added the WBC and WBA light-middleweight titles to his collection, said: “I just listened to my corner, listened to my dad. My dad had a brilliant game plan, and I went out there and got the job done.
“I’m not in control of what the judges do. I am in shock whoever had it even. Things happen in the sport of boxing.”
“I didn’t know how to get him, it’s extremely simple,” Alvarez added. “He’s a great fighter, very intelligent. The frustration was getting in there, but he’s a great fighter.”