How Old Was Canelo Alvarez When He Fought Floyd Mayweather – Was He Too Young?

Published 10/26/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 14: (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a right to the head of Canelo Alvarez during their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Golden Boy/Golden Boy via Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez came across Floyd Mayweather’s invincible aura in the hardest possible way, when the two locked horns in 2013 for the WBA and WBC super welterweight titles. The future P4P king got schooled by a prime Mayweather.

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Alvarez has maintained that he was nowhere near his prime at that time. However, the unbeaten boxer looked favorable to dominate Mayweather under several parameters. Both men had put their undefeated records at stake, but it was Floyd Mayweather who retained it in style.

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Today, it’s hard to picture Canelo Alvarez losing inside the boxing ring. However, a 23-year-old Alvarez had little to offer against Mayweather, who walked through him and exposed his shortcomings.

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Following a 12-round scrap, Mayweather comfortably won on the judge’s scorecard and handed Alvarez his maiden and only pro boxing loss so far. Post the fight, Alvarez justified the loss with his young age. Until today, he has a desire to rematch ‘Money’.

Well, that doesn’t look likely to happen, and history shall always maintain that Floyd Mayweather beat Canelo Alvarez. Here’s a broader look into the fight.

What was Canelo’s record when he fought Floyd Mayweather?

The fight between Alvarez and Mayweather happened at a very crucial stage of boxing. Just when UFC was giving was a hard challenge to the boxing family, undefeated stars- Mayweather and Alvarez collided against each other. The electrifying matchup happened at a jam-packed MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, sending chills all around the combat world.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 14: (L-R) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a right to Canelo Alvarez during their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Floyd Mayweather was 44-0 back then, while Canelo Alvarez was 42-0-1. However, Alvarez had 30 KOs in response to Mayweather’s 26. Being the younger athlete, the Mexican star was actually the favorite. However, the in-ring affair was far from what it looked like on paper.

How badly did Mayweather beat Canelo Alvarez?

The fight went into the distance. But it was Floyd Mayweather’s showdown. ‘TBE’ came out blazing from the opening bell and forced Alvarez to move back. His impeccable defense was also hard to crack for Canelo, who absorbed sheer punches in the first three rounds. Although the Mexican boxer found success in round four, Mayweather began dominating again in the later rounds. Here’s a look at the stats.

Total Punches Landed / Thrown

FightersR 1R 2R 3R 4R 5R 6R 7R8R9R 10R 11R 12
Floyd Mayweather13/3011/3918/3714/3819/4623/5025/5028/4623/4526/4917/3715/38
Canelo Alvarez5/277/388/3714/3813/4010/549/4412/5812/599/499/419/41

Jabs Landed/ Thrown

FightersR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12
Floyd Mayweather11/259/2814/308/227/267/2116/3715/2712/2816/3012/2712/29
Canelo Alvarez4/225/244/226/238/261/264/261/247/401/252/191/17

Power Punches Landed/ Thrown

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FightersR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12
Floyd Mayweather2/52/114/76/1612/2016/299/1313/1911/1710/195/103/9
Canelo Alvarez1/52/144/158/155/149/285/1811/345/198/247/228/24

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FightersTotal PunchesJabsPower Punches
Floyd Mayweather232/505139/33093/175
Canelo Alvarez117/52644/29473/232

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Three judges scored the contest 114-114, 116-112, and 117-111 in favor of Floyd Mayweather via a majority decision.

Given the age differences, one could agree that Alvarez was far too young.

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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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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