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‘Canelo’ Alvarez unable to overcome imperious Mayweather

September 16, 2013

Mexico’s independence weekend celebrations were dampened on Saturday night as Tapatio star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez suffered the first defeat of his career against Floyd Mayweather, the world’s number-one pound-for pound boxer.

“I just couldn’t get hold of him,” said Alvarez, 23, who put in a solid performance but failed to land a meaningful blow on the ever-sprightly Mayweather, 36. The latter was awarded Alvarez’s WBC and WBA Light Middleweight belts on a surprise split-decision (almost everyone felt Mayweather had dominated the bout and warranted a unanimous verdict) after 12 rounds

“Canelo is a young, strong champion. A great Mexican champion,” Mayweather said. “I take my hat off to him and to Mexico. He can take a loss and bounce back.”

The sell-out fight at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena set a new gate record of over 20 million dollars, and once the two-million-plus pay-per-view sales are totaled it could be confirmed as the most lucrative event in boxing history. Mayweather (45-0-0; 26 Kos) earned a minimum of 41.5 million dollars, not including his sizable cut of pay-per-view sales, while Alvarez (42-1-1; 30 KOs) is expected to have banked around 12 million dollars.

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