Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez Record: Who Has the Greater Legacy?

Published 09/30/2021, 6:30 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)


Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez are regarded as the biggest boxing names in the modern era. The duo, over the course of their illustrious runs, defied countless naysayers to become absolute legends. While Mayweather hung up his gloves in 2017 after a decorated stint, Saul Alvarez is still going strong with his boxing career.

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But who among the two is a genuine great?

Mayweather, in 2017, retired with a professional track record of 50 wins and 0 losses. This is undoubtedly a stellar number, but compared to the Mexican star, Mayweather’s record looks a bit dull.

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Canelo, in recent times, has been one of the most active fighters and his record speaks for the same. He has a whopping 56 wins with just a single loss and a couple of draws.

Canelo‘s sole defeat came against ‘TBE’ in 2013. Prior to this fight, Canelo was chalking out his career in the finest way and he was considered a promising prodigy. However, the defeat changed things.

After the loss, Alvarez moved ahead and took all the lessons from the Mayweather fight. He enhanced his game and became one of the most improved fighters of all time.

Is Canelo Alvarez better than Floyd Mayweather?

While Canelo is one of the most powerful fighters, Mayweather, in his prolonged stint, didn’t really display his punching power. That said, Canelo has a KO ratio of 64.41% and ‘TBE’ has a KO ratio of 54%.

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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 itself is proof of Canelo’s power and his punching impact on his opponents. Also, comparing the duo’s defensive skills, the Mexican star has definitely shown improvements in his head movements and overall ability to move around the ring. Hence, there may be an argument about him being better, but that sole defeat will always be on his record.

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Nevertheless, he is a fighter who has all the skills that are necessary to succeed. Hence, there’s no doubt that he will have a great legacy by the time he retires.

What do you make of the Canelo Alvarez vs Floyd Mayweather debate?

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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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