Canelo Alvarez Claps Back at Vitor Belfort: ‘Who Is He to Offer Me Money?’

Published 09/25/2021, 1:54 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


The P4P King Canelo Alvarez has no interest in facing a 44-year-old Vitor Belfort, who has offered him $40 million for an in-ring scrap. After vanquishing Evander Holyfield on his return to the boxing ring, Belfort called out Jake Paul and Canelo Alvarez in the post-fight interview. That said, none of the men have reciprocated the interest.

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While surging pugilist Jake Paul may showcase interest soon, Canelo Alvarez may not want a non-title contender. The Mexican star, who currently has the WBA, WBC, WBO, and Ring super middleweight titles, will face IBF champion Caleb Plant in a 168 lbs unification battle on November 6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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Ahead of the fight, Alvarez reacted to the non-professional boxers calling him out. Not just Belfort, but Alvarez also shared views on UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman talking about him.

Canelo Alvarez said, “Who is he to offer me money? Please. Don’t say stupid things, Vitor. They talk more than they have to. Maybe because at the time he had the adrenaline running from the fight, so maybe he is talking more than he had to, but who is he to offer me money?”

“I don’t know who he is. They all want the smoke, but like I said, I have goals to accomplish. I have more important things to do.

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One of the biggest names in today’s boxing, Alvarez brings in lucrative finances. All of his past opponents have benefitted with hefty paydays by locking horns with him. Hence, several fighters want to have a piece of him. Nevertheless, as Alvarez has outlined his goals, exhibition fights or celebrity matchups may not fall on his radar.

Canelo Alvarez has bigger goals

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Following two wins in 2021 already, Alvarez’s third fight of the year can turn him into the first-ever four-belt unified 168 lbs champion.

On winning the showdown, we can also expect him to explore the 175 lbs division. Hence, boxing has a lot to offer which curbs his potential to face exhibition fighters or MMA stars inside the squared circle.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez walks to his corner during his middleweight unification fight against Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Already the biggest name of the era, Canelo Alvarez looks interested solely in his pure boxing goals, and if he attains all of them, it seems unlikely he will ever feature in exhibitions.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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