Canelo Alvarez “A Real Fighter” in Floyd Mayweather’s Eyes

Published 11/08/2021, 10:10 AM EST
Nov 6, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez celebrates after knocking out Caleb Plant (not pictured) during their undisputed super middleweight world championship boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


Every time Canelo Alvarez fights, promoters and networks somehow end up with the same narrative. They use promotional content on YouTube and press conferences to build up Canelo’s opponents. Over the years, many opponents have stepped up to the fighter from Guadalajara, Mexico and they have all come off as the last best hope to dethrone the Mexican p4p king.

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However, at the end of it all, the show closes every time with Eddy Reynoso orchestrating a choir of boxing fans by waving the Mexican flag up high in the blood-stained ring.

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On November 6, Alvarez did it once again. He did exactly what he does best – be the best. After much anticipation, Saul ‘Canelo‘ knocked out former IBF super-middleweight title holder, Caleb Plant, in round 11.

He is now the king of the super-middleweight division and is now also the sport’s sixth ever undisputed champion. The boxing community is now convinced that he is the best ever to do it.

Nov 6, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez (gold/white trunks) knocks down Caleb Plant (white/gray trunks) during their undisputed super middleweight world championship boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Alvarez has made several big moves across the chessboard over the years; he has now solidified his position as an all-time great in the eyes of almost every fan out there.

However, what does Floyd Mayweather, the man responsible for Canelo’s single loss, think about the Mexican undisputed champ now? While he has not yet spoken out on his latest win over Plant, a key inference could be made from comments he made about Canelo in June, before fighting Logan Paul.

Canelo Alvarez now fits Floyd Mayweather’s definition of a ‘real fighter’

Prior to his mega-celebrity boxing clash against YouTube star Logan Paul, Floyd Mayweather was asked about his thoughts on Canelo Alvarez’s May 2021 fight against Billy Joe Saunders in an interview.

Given that he was deep in training for his clash with the 26-year-old YouTuber, he highlighted that he could not find the time to watch his former opponent’s fight with Saunders.

After his 2013 clash, Floyd even said that Canelo is “a true champion”. However, earlier this year, Floyd also dug into Alvarez for not fighting on a much bigger platform like Showtime. He suggested that the 31-year-old 4-division-champ is not a “real fighter”.

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Nov 6, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Canelo Alvarez celebrates after knocking out Caleb Plant (not pictured) during their undisputed super middleweight world championship boxing match at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

I didn’t get to see it. What’d he fight on, an app? You said he fight on an app? Well, real fighters fight on Showtime,said Floyd Mayweather before fighting Logan Paul in June.

However, the tides have changed now. In a turn of events, Canelo Alvarez might have just put up one of the biggest Showtime PPV events of all time against Caleb Plant.

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Now that he has fought under the Showtime spotlight, Floyd’s June 2021 claim is now essentially invalid. It also means that he now fits Floyd Mayweather’s definition of a “real fighter“. One could even make the argument that Canelo Alvarez is now bigger than what Floyd was at 31. He just might have replaced ‘Money’ Mayweather as the biggest PPV star in the contemporary boxing landscape.

What do you think about this? Do share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused his passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the sweet science, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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