Let’s get things started with a nice little disclaimer.
I absolutely despise Floyd Mayweather. Describing the reasons for doing so would just be a repetition of things that you guys already know.
So when taking my obvious bias into effect, if I say that Mayweather might be slowly crossing the LeBron Line, then you’d know that there’d be a lot of truth behind it.
The LeBron Line is the imaginary line that King James crossed when basketball fans outside of Cleveland substituted appreciation for its previous hatred. This past basketball season, LeBron submitted one of the finest basketball seasons of our generation. His offensive repertoire expanded again, and he completed the capture of my heart by becoming a defensive savant.
Floyd Mayweather made “The Decision” that impacted my feelings towards him long ago, when he decided to duck Manny Pacquiao at the peak of Pacquiao’s powers. By refusing to give Pacman a shot at tarnishing the now perfect legacy of an undefeated boxer, Floyd essentially left Cleveland for Miami. Floyd followed this up by handpicking opponents that couldn’t carry Pacquiao’s shoes.
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was also undefeated before Saturday night, showcasing impressive punching power yet to be seen in a Mayweather opponent. I believed that this was our best chance to dethrone Floyd (does that not sound like a broken Cavaliers fan? Should I type the rest of the post in Comic Sans?). But Canelo fell victim just like everybody else, in classic Floyd fashion.
Mayweather was simply dominant on Saturday night. While the man may be incorrect when he said that he “does everything better than every boxer,” Floyd cemented his status as TBE, The Best Ever. I said before that LeBron James gave us all basketball boners (I’m fine if it was just me) when he became a one-man defensive wrecking crew. If there’s anybody that is better on defense than LeBron James, it’s Floyd Mayweather.
Ducking left. Dodging right. Blocking high. Taking low. And not just against your run-of-the-mill welterweight. Although Vegas believed Mayweather would win with ease (and as usual, they were correct), Canelo presented a true threat to The Money Team’s right to be arrogant. Floyd preserved his legacy while entertaining the hell out of me along the way. I rooted for Canelo’s short bursts of momentum but continued to focus on every movement Floyd made.
Floyd’s still a pompous jerk. But long live the king.