Floyd Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez: What Went Wrong for the Mexican?

Published 12/15/2020, 10:45 AM CST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez during his unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs in their middleweight unification fight at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Canelo Alvarez returns this weekend after a year-long layoff, as he sets up to fight Callum Smith. With the WBC and WBA super-middleweight titles on the line, the stakes are through the roof for this one. The Mexican Canelo Alvarez will look to get his win tally to 54 against the unbeaten Brit.

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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)

Alvarez has proved himself to be one of the best to enter the squared ring. He has been defeated only once in his illustrious professional career. That loss came against none other than Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2013.

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The two legends fought for the WBA and WBC super welterweight titles back in 2013. It was a superb spectacle for the fans, to say the least.

With both fighters unbeaten in their career at that point, it was a question of who would reign supreme. Eventually, Mayweather got the job done, beating Alvarez by decision.

What went wrong for Canelo Alvarez?

Canelo Alvarez was starting to enter the prime years of his career when he fought Mayweather. He had just turned 23, come fight night.

As for Mayweather, he had already notched a series of world championship wins under his belt already. He was 36 years old and was a seasoned veteran of the game.

Canelo and Mayweather were both invincible then. They are known for their impeccable defensive skills as both are hard to touch in a boxing ring.

But once the bout started, Mayweather displayed his experience, as he started to dodge everything that Alvarez had to offer. What’s more, he started raining down on Alvarez with his own shots and rocked him at times.

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Mayweather played the role of the aggressor in the fight and proved his status as the legend. But Alvarez showed his heart too, as he took those shots without getting dropped once. The Mexican eventually lost by way of a decision.

The difference in experience was visible in that fight. Canelo Alvarez learned a lot from that fight, and the same was proven to be a fact in his subsequent outings in the ring. Following that loss, he has been head and shoulders above everybody else.

Alvarez will have a tough task ahead of him on Saturday when he takes on British prodigy Callum Smith. How do you think the title fight will shake out this weekend? Let us know your thoughts.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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