The Most Skilful Round In Boxing’s Long History: Round 7 – Mayweather Vs Canelo
Floyd Mayweather Jr will go down in history as the greatest fighter to date. His sterling 50-0 record over his 21-year career saw him defeat the biggest names the boxing world could throw at him. He defended his super-featherweight title 8 times before progressing through the weight divisions to sit atop the welterweight rankings as a 42-year-old.
One of Mayweather’s most memorable wins was in September 2013 as he put on a masterclass to take down rising Mexican star, Saul Alvarez. The champ was hot tip to win the fight, but was also challenged by the plucky youngster whose technique and skill meant the fight would go the distance. A sold-out crowd at MGM Grand in Las Vegas would see Mayweather notch up his 45th undefeated victory.
Mayweather caught Alvarez and the audience by surprise by going on the offensive from the get-go. Usually one to let the other fighter make the first move and plan his attack from defence, Mayweather’s unorthodox tactic countered Alvarez’s usual plan to target the body. This tactic rattled the Mexican and stamped Mayweather’s authority on the remainder of the fight.
The round that caught everyone’s attention in the 12-round bout was round 7. A clinical display of defensive boxing from Mayweather saw him counter at every opportunity. Towards the end of the round, Mayweather had edged Canelo to the ropes where he was able to deliver a number of somewhat unopposed combinations.
Mayweather won the fight by majority decision and received a boxing record $41.5 million for the fight with $5 million being awarded to Alvarez for showing up. Check out the amazing round here: