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LAS VEGAS -- Canelo Alvarez proved nothing more than easy money for Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather turned one of the richest fights ever into just another $41.5 million payday Saturday night, dominating Alvarez from the opening bell and winning a majority decision in a masterful performance that left no doubt who the best fighter of his era is. Fighting off his shortest layoff in years, Mayweather was sharp, efficient and sometimes brutal in dismantling an unbeaten fighter who was bigger and was supposed to punch harder. He frustrated Alvarez early, pounded him with big right hands in the middle rounds, and made him look just like he said he would -- like any other opponent. Mayweather was favoured 117-111 and 116-112 on two ringside scorecards while a third inexplicably had the fight 114-114. The Associated Press scored it 119-109 for Mayweather. "I just listened to my corner, listened to my dad," Mayweather said. "My dad had a brilliant game plan, and I went out there and got the job done." Mayweather remained unbeaten in 45 fights and added another piece of the junior middleweight title to his collection in a fight that was fought at a 152-pound limit. Alvarez weighed in at that weight, but was an unofficial 165 pounds when he got into the ring while Mayweather, who weighed in at 150 1/2 pounds, was an even 150. The extra weight did Alvarez no good and the punching power that brought him 30 knockouts in 43 fights wasnt a help either. The Mexican star was seldom able to land a solid punch, with most of his punches either missing or glancing off of Mayweather. "No doubt hes a great fighter, a very intelligent fighter," Alvarez said. "There was no solution for him." Mayweather said he actually had to put on weight during the day to even get close to what he weighed the day before. "When I woke up this morning, I was 146 pounds, so I had to call my chef and get something in my system," he said. Mayweathers speed was the difference all night as he was able to land straight rights and left jabs, then get out of the way before Alvarez was able to respond. But while Mayweather used great defence, he wasnt afraid to attack often and at different angles, finding Alvarez with punches he couldnt anticipate. "Hes very talented, very elusive," Alvarez said. When it was over, Mayweather didnt even celebrate, walking over to a corner to look at the crowd. Just another payday, just another win for Money May. The only surprise came when it was announced the decision wasnt unanimous, with judge C.J. Ross scoring it even. "I cant control what the judges do," Mayweather said. Alvarez was supposed to be Mayweathers greatest challenge and he did his best to force the action. Like others, though, he couldnt solve the puzzle that is Mayweather and spent much of his night punching at an opponent who had already moved away from him. "I didnt know how to get him, its extremely simple," Alvarez said. "Hes a great fighter, very intelligent. The frustration was getting in there, but hes a great fighter. We tried to catch him." Alvarez said before the fight that he had the game plan to solve Mayweathers tricky defence and fast hands. If it failed, he said, he had other game plans he would implement to win the fight. But he had no plan that worked once he got into the ring and found out just how difficult Mayweather can be. "At the same time, he also missed me a lot," Alvarez said. "His punches landed on my gloves." Ringside punch stats showed Mayweather dominance, crediting him with landing 232 of 505 punches to 117 of 526 for Alvarez. The sellout crowd of 16,746 at the MGM Grand on Mexican Independence weekend tried its best to urge Alvarez (42-1-1) on, but the cheers of "Canelo! Canelo!" were faint and wistful by the late rounds. Mayweather was so much in charge that the only question was whether the ringside judges would allow him to pitch a shutout. They didnt, but that was the only disappointment on a night that Mayweather solidified his claim to being one of the best ever and padded his bank account in a way no other fighter has ever done. Mayweather came out aggressive and used his speed to hit Alvarez with one or two shots in the early rounds and then get safely out of the way. Alvarez tried to stalk Mayweather and throw right hands, but Mayweather was usually safely out of the way by the time the punches arrived. "Hes a tough competitor," Mayweather said. "A tough competitor." Alvarez kept trying to force the fight, but every time he went after Mayweather he paid for it with a counter right or a combination to the head. By the fourth round he was beginning to get frustrated, landing a low blow that angered Mayweather, who was further angered when Alvarez refused to touch gloves with him to resume the fight. The fight was one of the richest ever -- if not the richest ever -- with a live gate of $20 million and at least another $100 million from pay-per-view. Tickets were so hot that celebrities were actually offering to buy them and some tickets were being offered online for as much as $29,000. Mayweather was the big beneficiary of that, making a guaranteed $41.5 million to $5 million for Alvarez. Add in his purse from his win over Robert Guererro in May and Mayweather made $73 million in two fights -- easily making him the highest-paid athlete in the country. Alvarez had some star power himself, with his red hair, good lucks and big punching power winning over most of his native Mexico. The fight was on free TV in Mexico, and some estimates were that 70 million people would watch. 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Now he will be dealing with a troubled NHL team.Cameron, named Ottawa Senators head coach Monday after the firing of Paul MacLean, faces the challenging task of getting the struggling team back in playoff contention.At 11-11-5 the Senators sit four points out of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.Prior to coaching, Cameron worked in Prince Edward Island with troubled youth and as a high school guidance councillor, but the draw to hockey was too much for the former player who logged 168 games in the NHL.Cameron has coached in the Ontario Hockey League and American Hockey League and has served as head coach for Canadas world junior team, but always aspired to be an NHL head coach.Once I got in for a period of time and the passion grew, I knew I wanted to be an NHL coach, but I also knew dont be in a rush to get there because youre probably going to get one kick at the cat and if youre not ready when you get there and you get fired then youre probably done, said Cameron. I aspired for it for a long time. I was never in a panic or rush or a timeframe on it.Cameron believes hes now ready for the job.I know at the end of the day youre as good as your players and a lot of times youre as good as your goaltending, he said. Thats the thing. Im all about team. At the end of the day, the best team wins championships.I challenge my players with everything I do and say. Every decision we make is in the best interests of the team and they have the right at any time that if they dont believe in what were doing as a staff and as a team they can come in and by all means well talk about it.This is Camerons first opportunity as an NHL head coach, and the 56-year-old admitted it was somewhat bittersweet considering it came at his friends expense. He had worked as MacLeans assistant for the past four years.Cameron knows change wont happen overnight, but says part of the focus will be on the teams defensive play. Through 27 games, Ottawa has given up the second-most shots in the league behind only the Buffalo Sabres.When asked how quickly he could implement change, Cameron was honest.I dont know. Thats a tough one, he said. I firmly believe when a team is in turmoil, and we are because theres been a change, that its become too complicated. Its not complicated. Its a simple game. My job is to simplify it. The sooner we can simplify it the faster we change.Reaction from players was as expected. Many anticipated some form of change to take place considering the team had won just four of its last 15 games.Unfortunately thats what happens when the team is not winning and playing as good as were exxpected, said captain Erik Karlsson.dddddddddddd Its never any fun, but it is what it is and we have to move forward as a group and we have to be better or things will change there too and we know that. Its part of the business. I dont think (Monday) was a fun day for anyone.MacLean addressed the media Tuesday afternoon and said everything he did was with the intention of getting the team into the playoffs.That was what I tried to establish here. To play in June, your best players have to be your best players. I pushed them to be, he said. MacLean said before a game against Pittsburgh on Saturday that Im just scared to death every day who we are playing and sometimes Im scared to death of who Im playing. Senators GM Bryan Murray said at a press conference Monday that he didnt appreciate the comment.I thought wed lost four games in a row, I didnt think that wed lost our sense of humour, MacLean said when asked if he regretted the quip. Part of MacLeans downfall was attributed to a lack of communication, but he disputed that claim.I thought my door was open all the time, said MacLean. Communication is a two-way street. You have to have someone that talks and someone that wants to listen. I was always prepared to listen. Listening and patience is one of my strengths. I felt we communicated what the players needed to hear. We didnt win enough games.MacLean says he leaves Ottawa a better coach and will be better prepared for his next opportunity.Players dont anticipate a massive overhaul, but do expect a renewed sense of energy and optimism.It will take some time to sink in, said forward Bobby Ryan. Its not like (MacLean) left the room and all of sudden we were rejoicing or anything like that. Somebody lost their job and we take ownership of that, but at the same time its a business and youve got to move forward.I thought the guys did a good job of shelving it when we got on the ice and having a good practice still, but that being said you have to have fun and Bryan (Murray) was right in that regard.The morale in the room was low and thats because we were losing and thats not on Paul to take the morale from us, he wasnt doing that. We were creating bad morale on us on our own. When youre losing thats just natural, thats not Pauls fault.The players and Cameron are eager to get to work and their first test will be a difficult one as they take on the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night in Ottawa.No easy games, said Cameron. Ive always been of the theory that when your team is in a slump the only way it breaks it out is if it beats a really good team. Ive always taken that approach. A win is a win and were going to have our hands full. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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