When Floyd Mayweather flashed a toothy grin at the camera from his corner during his 2013 clash with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, you knew it was the beginning of the end.
‘Money’ was in a state of flow, touching jabs at the Mexican prodigy before firing off counter shots as he fulfilled the role of matador to perfection.
Yet Mayweather, aged 36 at the time, had drafted a different script for his 45th professional fight.
The 1996 Olympic gold medallist cruised to a decision victory as he put on a perfect display of pugilism and frustrated his bigger and more aggressive opponent.
Alvarez was made to look silly at times and his first career loss looked like being a one-sided decision. Yet it failed to transpire that way.
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Taking place in Las Vegas, it transpired the biggest drama of that famous night which took place eight years ago today occurred on the scorecards.
Judges Dave Moretti had it 116-112 and Craig Metcalfe had the bout 117-111. Yet, somewhat inexplicably, judge CJ Ross managed to turn in scorecards of 114-114.
It would be the final act of Ross’ professional career as she resigned shortly after the furore, yet she could not escape the ire of Mike Tyson.
The former heavyweight champion told the Wall Street Journal: “When you’re that good and you’re that great and you’re making somebody who is a great fighter seem as if he is a journeyman, you’re going to build animosity.
“That’s just a human trait and that’s what this country produced; animosity, jealous, envy, drugs, chaos.
“There had to have been some animosity there. It was pretty much a shutout and maybe her license should be revoked.
“I don’t want her, by any chance, to be refereeing any of my fights.”
Ross was also involved in another controversial decision earlier in 2013 after scoring a fight in favour of Timothy Bradley, despite some experts giving Manny Pacquiao scores of 119-109 on the night.