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Canelo-Mayweather fight is unanimous … or not?

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has a bright future, but still lacks the experience to beat a fighter like Mayweather. His bout with Mayweather Saturday Night in the MGM Grand Gardens was proof enough. When told Alvarez was touted as the “future of boxing,” Mayweather said he still is, but it’s not Canelo’s time, yet.

In the beginning rounds of the 12-round fight, Alvarez had his moments, landing a right hand or two on Floyd “Money” Mayweather. But Mayweather’s ability to put his opponents into a deep hole ultimately sapped Alvarez of his game plan and pushed Mayweather to a comfortable win.

Before reading the cards and seeing the official decision, it seemed obvious that Mayweather would win by a wide margin from every judge. But then, Jimmy Lennon Jr. announced that the decision was majority decision instead of a unanimous decision.

Somehow, C.J. Ross saw the fight as a 114-114 draw But Judge Dave Moretti scored it 116-112 for Mayweather Jr. and Craig Metcalfe Canadian judge scored 117-111 in favor of Mayweather 45-0.

A screen shot taken from the youtube video that shows the entire fight.

A screen shot taken from the youtube video that shows the entire fight.

The amazing thing is that Ross gave four of the last five rounds to Canelo. At the time, Mayweather already had control of the rounds and the fight did not look like a draw to anyone, except Ross. The first three rounds could have swung for Canelo if you want to be generous. He held his own, but near the end of the fight Canelo was losing and Mayweather was dominating.

Ross also scored the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley 115-113 (7 rounds to 5) helping Bradley win last year in what many boxing fans considers one of the worst decisions in boxing history.

It’s a shame nothing could be done about Ross. The Nevada State Athletic Commission allowed the horrible decision in the Pacquiao-Bradley fight without penalizing Ross and Duane Ford, the two judges that gave the fight to Bradley. Ross has many unexplainable scorecards so it’s incomprehensible why she keeps getting promoted to these major fights.

Often the committee protects judges, instead of protecting the sport. It’s all on the Nevada State Athletic Commission; they hire the judges and there’s little, if any, regulation of the judging.

Boxing fans tuned in to watch the fight and once again were treated to a bad and suspicious outcome. Mayweather should have won by unanimous decision.

Even Canelo Alvarez knows who won the final rounds and  the fight. Afterwards he said, through an interpreter, “He’s a great fighter. I did not know how to get him. He is very intelligent. He’s got a lot of experience. Honestly, I couldn’t find him. In the later rounds, I felt frustrated. I recognize that he beat me. I tried to connect on him, but I just couldn’t.”

The question is: what fight was C.J. Ross watching?


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Claudia Gestro

Claudia is of Peruvian and Italian descent, having been born in a small town, in the North of Peru, South America. She was raised by her grandmother from an early age, living in poverty until Claudia’s mother brought her to America. She landed in Miami, FL and started her new life, playing high school basketball and eventually becoming a United States citizen. Claudia completed her education at Florida International University with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and became a model to supplement her income. Since graduating from FIU Claudia has worked with many of the Spanish Language broadcasting companies, including Telemundo, Univision and most recently Spanish Language channels on SiriusXM satellite radio and 93.9 FM Exitos in Los Angeles. Just so you know where her loyalty lies: Go Lakers! Contact the author.
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  1. Jim Snow says:

    This sport is a joke now days! but it still brings the paying suckers out of the woodwork like roaches’. What a deal …41.5 M of 30 minutes of acting.

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