Despite the MMA and Boxing being completely different sports, clashes between the two continue to spill over each other’s realm. Even before we get closure over ridiculous rumors regarding Conor McGregor fighting Floyd Mayweather, Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez joins into the fray.
Conor McGregor could not be blamed entirely for his comments, stating Canelo Alvarez’ unwillingness to fight quality opposition, and for speaking up against cherry-picking smaller foes.
The twenty-six-year-old Canelo Alvarez sports a glitzy record of 47-1-1, losing only to the best boxer in the world Floyd Mayweather. But he has been on the receiving end of wide criticism for vacating his title to fight Liam Smith, which is tantamount to evading the real fight at hand versus Gennady Golovkin.
He fought a smaller Miguel Cotto last year, a bloated Amir Khan, and many feel he should have lost to Erislandy Lara. Gennady Golovkin had been ready all along, but “Cinnamon” chose not to fight him.
Responding to Conor McGregor’s “cherry-picking” accusations, in a report by CBS Sports, Canelo Alvarez said, “If he wants to try out boxing, then anytime he wants. If he wants to come over to this side of the world and try boxing, anytime he wants to see that it’s not as easy as he thinks.”
The same criticisms could not be made against Conor McGregor who’s fought against tough oppositions, and even went up in weight to beat Nate Diaz in UFC 202.
Nate Diaz beat Conor when they first faced each other in the octagon, but the latter wasted no time to avenge his loss, taking a very risky route against his coach’s plans.
Perhaps Conor McGregor, who stars in the new Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, is too rash, too brave for his own good, as he continues to challenge Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match.
Such “murderous” thoughts could make him end up embarrassed for a whole twelve round bout that he’d wish Floyd knocked him out early instead of putting him in a boxing clinic.
If Canelo Alvarez vs Conor McGregor happens it’d lopsidedly be in favor of the Mexican, and only perpetuate fight fans’ negative impression of him as a cherry-picker.
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