Floyd Mayweather Claims He Was Old When He Defeated Canelo Alvarez

Published 05/07/2021, 5:01 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 14: (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a right to the head of 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 Chris Trotman/Golden Boy/Golden Boy via Getty Images)


In 2013, Floyd Mayweather went toe to toe against a young boxing prospect in Canelo Alvarez. ‘Pretty Boy’ was an unquestionable favorite in this fight. However, many believed the underdog in Alvarez would beat him. But tables turned when the pair actually touched gloves with each other in the ring. The veteran, Mayweather, closed the show with a gratifying win and ensured there was no changing of the guard at his expense.

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Alvarez, after that loss, has certainly improved, and a few days back he asserted that he’d beat Floyd Mayweather if the pair fought in their primes.

The Mexican pugilist’s comments reached ‘TBE’ and he gave his take on the same. Speaking to FightHype.com, he said, “Well, it’s crazy that, you know, Canelo said that. Because when Canelo fought me, he was in his prime. And when I fought, I was an old man.”

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“So actually I wasn’t in my prime when I fought Canelo, you know I was an old man when I fought Canelo.”

A fight with Canelo Alvarez still ranks among Floyd Mayweather’s best performances to date. ‘Money’, who’s remained a prime defensive boxer in his career, showed the world his opposite side in this bout.

Right from the first gong, he adapted an offensive approach and only moved forward with his exuberant hits. Mayweather used every weapon from his arsenal to pressurize Saul Alvarez, and he remained fairly successful in the same.

As a result, he emerged victorious in this thrilling 12-round war and went 45-0.

Can Canelo Alvarez really defeat Floyd Mayweather if the pair collided today?

Right after that loss, Canelo Alvarez brought in major changes to his game plan and fight approach. This is principally why he’s the most improved fighter in the modern boxing world today.

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Moreover, if he gets inside the ring with the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather today, the 30-year-old is certainly capable of beating ‘TBE’.

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Do you think Canelo can win against Floyd Mayweather in a rematch? What do you draw off Mayweather’s aforementioned comments?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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