Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) – Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Saul Alvarez via majority decision to unify the world super welterweight titles Saturday before a crowd of 16,746 at MGM Grand Hotel.
One judge scored the bout 114-114, while two judges had it 117-11 and116-112 for Mayweather, who snatched the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association titles from Alvarez.
The 36-year-old Mayweather remained undefeated in 45 straight fights as he pocketed the biggest purse in boxing history at $41.5 million.
Mayweather is expected to earn more from the total gate receipt of $20,003,150 and from the pay-per-view earnings, which could rival the all-time pay-per-view record of 2.44 million buys generated by the Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya bout in 2007
“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.
“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,” he added.
Mayweather used his jab and superior hand speed to keep the young Alvarez at bay. In the seventh, Mayweather landed several combinations early before connecting with a right uppercut that snapped the Mexican’s head back.
“I couldn’t catch him,” said Alvarez, who dropped to 42-1-1. “He is very intelligent and he is very elusive and that is what he demonstrated tonight.”
The 36-year-old Mayweather gave away 13 years in age and 15 pounds to the younger and stronger Alvarez, who moved down in weight for the showdown.
On the undercard, Danny Garcia kept his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association super lightweight titles with a unanimous decision over challenger Lucas Matthysses.
Garcia knocked Matthysses down in the 11th round and then the two went toe-to-toe in the final seconds of the 12-round showdown with both looking to end the bout with a knockout.
Garcia improved to 27-0 but Argentina’s Matthysses made him work for it as he sent Garcia’s mouthpiece flying with a hard right hand in the 11th.
Carlos Molina also won the International Boxing Federation’s junior middleweight title with a split-decision victory over Ishe Smith.