Floyd Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez: What Really Happened?

Published 12/14/2020, 8:22 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 11: Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and Canelo Alvarez hold a WBC super welterweight championship belt during the final news conference for their bout at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on September 11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fighters will meet in a WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight on September 14 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Boxing sprang into life once again when Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez stepped up to fight each other for the WBA and WBC super welterweight titles in 2013.

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It was one of the biggest events in the sport’s history and broke all-time PPV records. Fans tuned in to see the two unbeaten pugilist and prime prodigies collide.

That said, the fight had a lot more in store. Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez appeared invincible at the time, and boxing fans needed to know who’s the better pugilist.

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However, Mayweather fought Alvarez way before he touched his prime and the outcome clearly showed that. Mayweather surpassed a young Canelo throughout and sealed the victory via decision.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez during his unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight unification fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Alvarez had his moments in the squared circle. But it wasn’t enough against one of the greatest of all time.

While boxing fans demanded a rematch somewhere down the line, it’s clearly not happening. Alvarez is now busy with his title defences while Mayweather is opting to YouTubers in exhibition bouts.

As we walk closer to Alvarez’s nearing fight against Callum Smith on December 19, here’s a throwback of what exactly happened in the Mayweather vs Alvarez fight.

Floyd Mayweather dismantled Canelo Alvarez in 2013

Starting from the press conferences to the weigh-ins, promoters built up the fight in the best possible way. However, the in-ring action seemed different when Mayweather began landing.

Alvarez and Mayweather are defensive elites who can make their opponents miss out on umpteen punches. But on fight night, it was Mayweather who turned the aggressor and stopped his Mexican adversary with brutal shots.

The American boxer schooled Alvarez and made him miss out on the best shots. Eventually, Canelo was worn out as the fight went deeper. Mayweather counter-attacked Alvarez with his vintage pull shots and right hooks. Even though Alvarez ate those shots without falling off, he couldn’t offer much in response.

Meanwhile, Mayweather appeared the better man till the last bell rang, and despite missing a stoppage, it was a lopsided win for him.

Sporting News further cites, Mayweather landed 46% of the total shots and Canelo only landed 22% in the entire fight.

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After the fight, Alvarez developed grandly and outshone all his opponents. He has yet to lose a bout and boasts of a pro record of 53 wins, 1 loss, and 2 no results.

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But the one loss against the best may still itch him. He will return to the ring against a looming Callum Smith next week. Smith will want to join Mayweather as the boxers to beat Alvarez. Like all comers, he is set to bring his A-game against the great Mexican.

Can Smith pull off the win? Or has that match against Mayweather helped Canelo evolve?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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