Floyd “Money” Mayweather showed the world why he remains the undisputed, undefeated, most popular, and highest paid athlete in the world today.
In a performance that was reminiscent of Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston 1, in which Ali (who at the time was Cassius Clay) “sticked” and moved around the ring through seven rounds, and kept Liston constantly confused and out of his game plan by executing his speed and lateral movement.
One could not help but to be reminded by watching Mayweather throughout the bout, hit Alvarez at will at times with his speed and utilize his combinations and lead right hand.
This folks, turned out to be a real boxing clinic and you have to wonder whether “Canelo” Alvarez gained more knowledge from all that occurred last night.
Alvarez showed on the other hand that he is a very tough cookie throughout the bout and never appeared to be in trouble although he was getting tagged all night by Mayweather.
He did in fact have his moments when he would connect Mayweather with his some of his jabs and solid shots to the body.
All and all, this was a very entertaining night full of surprises as we saw in the undercard bouts.
Danny “Swift” Garcia was in a very grueling contest with Lucas Matthysses, a bout that went the distance of twelve rounds in which we saw Garcia who hails from Philadelphia, Pa., drop Matthysses for the first time in his career in the eleventh.
This one really turned out to be a dandy folks and probably the best fight of the night in which Garcia defended his WBA, WBC, and Ring Magazine super lightweight titles.
Earlier in the night Carlos Molina took the IBF middleweight title from Ishe Smith in a stunning upset. This one went the distance of twelve and throughout the bout Smith did not seem to totally dominate Molina as many boxing observers thought he would.
In spite of that, this writer believes that there should be a rematch between these two because this was such a close bout, and it really could’ve gone either way. And being that this was a fight with the title on the line, why not give Ishe Smith an opportunity to get it back?
We’ll certainly see how that goes.
There’s talk that Danny Garcia could possibly be one of Mayweather’s next opponents, that’s if he decides to move up in weight. I’m not sure, but I tell you what, Adrian Bronner would be a very good match up for him. As I always say, we’ll see what happens.
In other boxing news, our thoughts and prayers go out to Oscar De La Hoya who’s now in rehab. This writer knows first hand how tough it is to overcome the addiction of substance abuse. At one time in my life I was an addict on cocaine for some nine years but with grit and determination I finally quit through the grace and mercy of God.
And for the last 22 years I’ve been clean, and haven’t looked back since.
One of the things that I’ve learned is that you don’t kick a man in the head when he’s on the ground. You lift him up with encouragement, and prayer.
Oscar has done so much for boxing and should be commended for at least trying to get his life back on track.
I had the fortunate opportunity to meet him way back in 1997 and he always treated me well. He will always be considered a friend.
Southern California based Mohammed Mubarak’s Ringside Update column can also be seen in the Pace News, the Inland Valley News, and the High Desert Inland Valley News. Mohammed is a portrait artist as well. He can be contacted at [email protected] for your comments.