The bout could not have fared better, but it was Floyd Mayweather, who raked in $45m, about N7.2 billion after flooring Saul Alvarez in the WBC and WBA light-middleweight titles early Sunday in Las Vegas.
Mayweather further strengthened his claim to greatness with a one-sided defeat of his opponent, Alvarez. And, the 36-year-old American secured the WBC and WBA light-middleweight titles and stretched his unbeaten professional run to 45 fights.
He won the bout 114-114, 116-112, 117-111, and pockets $45m, about £26.1m for his efforts, a world record purse, and the fight is set to go down as the most lucrative pay-per-view show in history.
Mayweather was never threatened, making his Mexican foe look ordinary at times, and the announcement of CJ Ross’s drawn card was met with stunned silence.
“It is about skills,” said five-weight world champion Mayweather. “I came out and showed my skills. I just listened to my corner, listened to my dad, Floyd Senior, who is also my trainer. My dad had a brilliant game-plan and I went out there and got the job done”.
Alvarez, who was previously unbeaten in 43 fights, gave the fight to Mayweather, saying; “I didn’t know how to get him, that’s the truth”.