Canelo Alvarez proved nothing more than easy money for Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Mayweather turned one of the richest fights ever into just another $41.5 million payday Saturday night in Las Vegas, dominating Alvarez from the opening bell and winning a majority decision in a masterful performance.
Fighting off his shortest layoff in years, Mayweather was sharp, efficient and sometimes brutal in dismantling an unbeaten fighter who was bigger and was supposed to punch harder. He frustrated Alvarez early, pounded him with big right hands in the middle rounds and made him look just like he said he would -- like any other opponent.
Mayweather was favored 117-111 and 116-112 on two ringside score cards while a third had the fight 114-114. The Associated Press scored it 119-109 for Mayweather.
"I just listened to my corner, listened to my dad," Mayweather said. "My dad had a brilliant game plan, and I went out there and got the job done."
Mayweather remained unbeaten in 45 fights and added another piece of the junior middleweight title to his collection in a fight that was fought at a 152-pound limit.
Alvarez weighed in at that weight but was an unofficial 165 pounds when he got into the ring. Mayweather, who weighed in at 1501/2 pounds, was an even 150.
Mayweather's speed was the difference all night as he was able to land straight rights and left jabs, then get out of the way before Alvarez was able to respond. But while Mayweather used great defense, he wasn't afraid to attack often and at different angles, finding Alvarez with punches he couldn't anticipate.
"He's very talented, very elusive," Alvarez said. "I didn't know how to get him, it's extremely simple. He's a great fighter, very intelligent."
The fight was one of the richest ever with a live gate of $20 million and at least $100 million more from pay-per-view.
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