Like so many of the fighters Floyd Mayweather has left in his wake, Saul Alvarez was treated to a Money master-class in Las Vegas.
This was supposed to be ‘the fight’ that Money finally got a taste of the canvas, but like all-comers before him Canelo’s billing failed to stop the Mexican losing.
While the fight lacked the explosion and excitement boxing fans worldwide were craving, it went a long way to confirming what many already knew; Mayweather really is the best of the best in the ring.
As a result of the 36-year-old’s 45th-straight career win when beating the Mexican light-middleweight, Ladbrokes have issued a price of 1/4 that Money does in fact retire from boxing undefeated.
Meanwhile, those who believe the American can still be beaten before hanging up the gloves are offered 11/4 by the same firm that he is beaten by any opponent before he calls it quits.
One of the obvious factors to consider is Money’s age, though with both Klitschko brothers fighting on past his current years of 36 and with no retirment murmurings from Mayweather’s camp as yet, it’s certainly plausible there will be at least another opponent out there.
The vital thing is being able to find an opponent with the necessary box-office pulling-power, which could yet be the greatest obstacle.
As his nickname suggests, Mayweather’s principle motivation is cash and the fighters out there right now with a big enough following are scarce.
The winner of Britain’s Amir Khan against Devon Alexander is a remote possibility, but the kind of paycheque he’s after would probably warrant him coming across the pond to put it all on the line, if it was Khan.
Considering he’s never fought outside the US as yet, though, this is a massive ask.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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