Saul "Canelo" Alvarez came in to his fight with "Sugar" Shane Mosley as a heavy favorite looking to add a win over a big name to his resume. For Mosley, it was an attempt to prove that he still had something left and could compete at the highest levels of the sport after a string of disappointing performances.
Mosley came out early wanting to establish his jab while Canelo circled, attempting to figure out his timing before landing a hard jab to get his own offense rolling. Mosley looked quite slow to react defensively to the strikes of his foe. Canelo did crack him in the first with a big left, and Mosley tried to come back with his own flurry, but it was an opening frame devoid of much sustained action or success. The blueprint for the fight appeared to be laid out early, with Canelo looking to pick his spots while Mosley walked forward sticking out his jabs.
Round two was similar with Mosley trying to walk forward before Alvarez landed a cracking right to the head and a nice body shot, giving him the confidence to be the one walking forward. Canelo turned up the power punching to the head and body. To Shane's credit, he was fighting back more than he ever really did against Pacquiao or Mayweather (aside from his brief moment of success wobbling Floyd). Canelo's shots were landing with thudding power in the final stages of the round.
With the fight wearing on, the pattern of Mosley's never having been knocked out continuing past this night appeared unrealistic. But the two men did have their heads clash with Canelo suffering a nasty cut, bleeding badly outside his left eye. For his first real cut as a professional, Canelo didn't appear particularly bothered as he continued his power shots up and downstairs.
As round five ended, Canelo appeared to be pulling away. Mosley was busier in terms of throwing more punches, but Alvarez's were so much harder and he was landing at a good enough clip to clearly overtake the numbers Shane was trying to put up.
By the seventh round it was getting difficult to watch Mosley take loads of punishment, his will keeping him up but Alvarez's shots landing one after another. Shane was giving it all he had, but at this point in his career, what he has is not enough and his heart was becoming a danger to his brain.
Round eleven was Mosley's best round since the first, trying to fire power shots and actually landing, but the younger, stronger fighter was still there, throwing hard shots and rocking Shane's head back with regularity.
Mosley just didn't have enough to keep the fight close, but he had the guts and heart to get to the final bell of the last round. It may have been dangerous for him to stick it out for all twelve rounds, but in all honesty, anything less just wouldn't have been in keeping with the career of Sugar.
When the final scores were read, they were as lopsided as it appeared throughout the evening. Canelo won on scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 119-109. It was now Floyd Mayweather's turn to get the job done against Miguel Cotto and attempt to set up a late 2012/early 2013 bout with young Alvarez.