Mayweather surely on march to 50 not out
Another challenger has come and gone. Every couple of years, we're told there's a prodigy out there ready to slay Floyd Mayweather's unbeaten record. Every time we buy into the hype until the fight gets closer and closer and we realise we've seen this movie before.
Twenty-three year-old 'Canelo' Alvarez fought a good, smart fight on Saturday night. He had a sound gameplan, was brilliantly prepared and fought until the last bell. He probably lost all but one round.
Mayweather is the greatest boxer of his generation, and one of the best of all time. And right now, he's all there is. Manny Pacquiao's star has fallen slightly in the last 18 months. The heavyweight division is a Klitschko-dominated bore. Can boxing survive on one fight every 18 months featuring a superstar in his late 30s?
Maybe the next challenge is for Floyd to pass Rocky Marciano's 49-0 before retiring. Just five more fights to get there. Maybe that's something we can get behind? The march to 50 could be the narrative that keeps a Mayweather-dominated sport relevant for the next couple of years. If Canelo's the best there is out there, then surely it's only a matter of finding the fights.