Canelo Alvarez on His Bout With Floyd Mayweather: ‘I Don’t Take That Like a Loss’

Published 03/18/2021, 11:01 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 11: Boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. (L) and Canelo Alvarez hold a WBC super welterweight championship belt during the final news conference for their bout at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on September 11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fighters will meet in a WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight on September 14 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Mexican superstar, Canelo Alvarez, has opened up about his famous fight against his fellow superstar, Floyd Mayweather. The P4P king revealed his regrets and reaction to that fight. He also commented about how he looks back at that high-profile bout in 2013 where he suffered his first and only loss till today. 

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LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 14: (L-R) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a right to Canelo Alvarez during their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Alvarez spoke to Mike Tyson on an episode of ‘Hotboxin with Mike Tyson.’ When talking about his bout against ‘Money’, he first pointed out that he was just 23-years old and revealed how much he learned from that fight.

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Oh, so much. I always think I need to fight first with Coro, Lara, all of that guys, and then Floyd. But that’s what it is, no?” said Alvarez. The P4P star then added, “I need more experience, more mature.”

This comment from Alvarez showed his regrets in that bout. At just 23, the media built him up as the one to dethrone Mayweather who was at the peak of his powers.

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Canelo Alvarez says he doesn’t look back at it as a loss

The current unified super-middleweight champion then spoke about how he looks back on the fight. Despite the regrets of taking the fight too soon, the champion claimed he doesn’t reflect on the loss negatively.

“I don’t take that fight like a [loss], I take that fight like… I learned from that fight,” said Alvarez.

This comment showed the elite mentality of the super-middleweight champion. Moreover, at a time when boxers look to preserve their perfect record, Alvarez is an example of how to take your losses.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 14: (R-L) Canelo Alvarez throws a right at Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

This approach worked marvels for Alvarez, as he has enjoyed undeniable success in the sport since that fight. He has won world titles in multiple weight groups, even going up to light-heavyweight.

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Therefore, these comments all but revealed that the loss to ‘TBE’ was the turning point in his career. Fans will only wonder what the outcome would have been if Canelo had faced Mayweather a year or two later.

What do you make of these comments from Canelo Alvarez? Do you think he would have beaten Floyd Mayweather if it was a year or two later?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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