LAS VEGAS — Earlier in the week, Floyd Mayweather revealed that he gave himself a “D” for his performance against Robert Guerrero in May.
Mayweather didn’t want to fill out his own report card after dominating Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday night, but that doesn’t mean others refrained.
Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole wrote that Mayweather (45-0) was as good as ever.
“Mayweather has scored vintage victories over the likes of Diego Corrales, Jose Luis Castillo and Miguel Cotto, but never was he better than he was on Saturday,” Iole wrote.
“The most impressive thing about Mayweather’s performance Saturday was its totality: He dictated the way the bout was fought. He blistered Alvarez with a jab. But he also caught him with a series of hooks, crosses and uppercuts and just about any other punch a guy with gloves on his hands can throw.”
Mayweather has four fights remaining in his current deal with Showtime, and he plans to fight again in May 2014.
Here’s a roundup of other Mayweather-Alvarez links:
* ESPN.com: Dan Rafael writes the only thing stopping Mayweather at this point will be Father Time. “Mayweather fought like a man years younger, as usual. He landed his right hand almost at will and peppered Alvarez with solid jabs. Mayweather was so quick, he evaded nearly every heavy shot Alvarez threw.”
* SI.com: Chris Mannix says the Alvarez fight proves there’s nobody out there who can beat Mayweather. “He’s likely headed back to the 147-pound division, where no one can touch him. Danny Garcia — who pulled yet another upset with a decision win over Lucas Matthysse — doesn’t have the speed to hang with him. Amir Khan has looked terrible as a welterweight. Adrien Broner is too raw, too hittable, and he and Mayweather are friends anyway.”
* Yahoo! Sports: Mexican fans flocked by the thousand to Las Vegas to see Alvarez fight. They went from a frenzy to silence during Mayweather’s domination, Dan Wetzel writes. “Canelo still had a puncher’s chance, but his backers went silent. No chants. No screams. There was simply the awe of true boxing fans watching a true boxing savant. They wanted Floyd Mayweather beat in the worst way, but there was no denying reality.”
* The Telegraph: Gareth A. Davies called Mayweather’s win a masterclass: “For round after round, changing levels, moving as was his want from the ropes to the centre of the ring, Mayweather landed a faster crisper jab, the straight right and right cross, and in the final third of the fight, a beautiful short right uppercut through Canelo’s gloves. Precision, poise, poetry.”
* LATimes.com: Columnist Bill Dwyre says Mayweather’s “sweet science has never been sweeter.” “The fight will go down as wonderfully hyped, but not wonderfully fought by Alvarez, who was not, as his Golden Boy promoters hoped, ready to step up as the next great Mexican boxer.”
* Las Vegas Review-Journal: Columnist Ed Graney suggests there was a more exciting alternative to Mayweather-Alvarez. “They should have stopped the fight Saturday after six rounds and allowed Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber to take things from there, let those stars who helped lead Mayweather into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena bring excitement to a main event that wasn’t close in any manner.”