When Floyd Mayweather gave the camera a toothy smile from his corner during his 2013 clash with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, you knew it was the beginning of the end.
“Money” was in a state of fluidity, hitting punches on the Mexican prodigy before backlashing as he fulfilled the role of matador to perfection.
Presented as “The One”, the clash between Mayweather and Canelo was seen as a possible changing of the guard, a passing of the torch between boxing’s past and the future.
Yet Mayweather, then 36, had drafted a different script for his 45e professional combat.
The 1996 Olympic gold medalist scored a decisive victory by putting on a perfect display of boxing and frustrating his bigger and more aggressive opponent.
Alvarez looks silly at times and his first career loss seemed like a one-sided decision. Yet it did not happen that way.
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Set in Las Vegas, the biggest drama of that famous night that took place eight years ago today has happened on the scoreboards.
Judges Dave Moretti had it 116-112 and Craig Metcalfe had the fight 117-111. Still, somewhat inexplicably, Judge CJ Ross managed to hand in 114-114 scorecards.
It would be the final act of Ross’ professional career as she stepped down shortly after the Fury, but she couldn’t escape Mike Tyson’s wrath.
The former heavyweight champion told the Wall Street Journal, “When you’re so good and so good and you make someone who’s a great fighter look like they’re a companion, you’re going to create animosity.
“It’s just a human trait and that’s what this country has produced; animosity, jealousy, envy, drugs, chaos.
“There must have been some animosity there. It was pretty much a shutout and maybe his license should be revoked.
“I don’t want her to referee, by any chance, any of my fights.”
Ross was also embroiled in another controversial decision earlier in 2013 after scoring a fight for Timothy Bradley, despite some pundits giving Manny Pacquiao scores 119-109 on the night.