This weekend’s mega boxing event featuring Floyd Mayweather Jr versus Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez featured two highly technical affairs that showed boxing in it’s most evolved state. Mayweather continued to be too fast and too furious for ‘Canelo’, and in the co-main event, Danny Garcia outboxed KO artist Lucas Matthysse in a rugged bout that showed Garcia is the man at Light Welterweight.
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Garcia kept his distance from Matthysse and boxed expertly, wearing down the tough Argentinian and swelling his eye close to shut in the latter rounds. True to his reputation, Matthysse never stopped coming forward. Garcia dropped his opponent late, but Matthysse got up quickly, and Garcia did have a point deducted for a low blow, but by the end, it was clear the Matthysse needed a knock out to win. Garcia moves to 27-0 and sits atop the rankings at light welterweight at the moment. For him, his most lucrative option may be a rematch with Amir Khan, who he has already KO’d.
In the main event, Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez was left swinging and missing most of the night by the elusiveness of Floyd Mayweather. Alvarez got frustrated early in the fight, letting Mayweather get to him. Despite leaving Mayweather’s peace offering hand extended more than once, it was still Mayweather getting under ‘Canelo’s skin. It showed that Mayweather is still light years ahead of the competition in every aspect of the game.
What to do with ‘Canelo’ next? The truth is he emerged from the fight frustrated but largely unhurt. A rematch is going to be lucrative, and it is almost a 100 percent certainty that it will happen.
Alvarez needs an opponent of quality. It may be time for Alvarez to take on fellow countryman Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. The match has been talked about for a long time, and both men have progressed in their careers far enough that the fight will be big and lucrative as well as entertaining. Chavez Jr is in need of a big fight and a big win to get his career back on track, and a win for Alvarez would cement him as the top Mexican fighter and draw for the next decade.