Since Floyd Mayweather retired from boxing, other fighters such as Roman Gonzales, Gennady Golovkin and Sergey Kovalev had better chances competing for the pound for pound top spot. But Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya feels Canelo Alvarez has replaced Floyd as the new face of the sport.
Canelo Alvarez next fight after knocking out a bloated welterweight Amir Khan is against Liam Smith. Prior to Amir Khan he beat an undersized middleweight in Miguel Cotto by Unanimous Decision.
Floyd Mayweather went up to his weight class and defeated him soundly in 2013 when he was 23 years old, but he believes he’s now experienced enough to warrant a rematch.
Canelo, known as “Cinnamon” for the color of his hair, believes Floyd Mayweather will soon come out of retirement to up his fight record one notch to 50-0, and now’s the ripe time for him to take another shot at the defensive genius.
According to a report by the WBN, Alvarez would also love to fight Manny Pacquiao who’s barely a full pledged welterweight, and devours thousands of calories daily, as part of his diet to make up for his size difference being a natural 140-pound fighter.
“I would love to fight Manny Pacquiao but that’s looking ahead and disrespectful to Liam Smith.”
“Liam Smith is a world champion and a very tough fighter. He’s a tough guy and I’m challenging him. He’s the champion and a worthy one.” Canelo Alvarez said, who also knocked out Josesito Lopez whose best days were at the lightweight division.
Manny Pacquiao next fight is scheduled against Jessie Vargas on November 5.
After fighting a number of boxers significantly smaller than him, UFC’s Conor McGregor criticized the Mexican for cherry picking his opponents saying, “…But when you look at this Canelo [Alvarez] situation, it’s an era of cherry picking,” as reported by lowkick MMA.
Alvarez was quick to respond to Conor McGregor with sarcasm, and tweeted about how he gassed out in 2 rounds during McGregor vs Diaz 2.
Canelo Alvarez wants the big fights… against smaller fighters, it seems, and he has Oscar De La Hoya backing him up. He wants Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, but when the name Gennady Golovkin gets brought up he only wants time.
According to Boxing News 24 Alvarez said, “(Golovkin) is going to happen when the timing is right, when both camps are happy with negotiations. Right now, they’re talking about negotiations … they’re making things up.”
Gennady Golovkin, nicknamed “GGG” is an undefeated (35-0) pressure fighter who was crowned the WBC Middleweight champion after Canelo Alvarez decided to vacate his title to fight Smith.
Canelo Alvarez vs Liam Smith is set on Sept. 17.
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