“I Don’t Take That Fight as a Loss”- Canelo Alvarez on His Fight With Floyd Mayweather

Published 11/06/2021, 6:54 AM EDT
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)


Despite all the stellar achievements, one thing that may always haunt Canelo Alvarez is his maiden professional loss to Floyd Mayweather back in 2013. Several people had envisioned him beating ‘TBE’ that night. However, a 23-year-old Alvarez got schooled by Floyd Mayweather.

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42-0-1 back then, Alvarez came across a hard time and lost his unbeaten streak. Eight years later, he has evolved brilliantly and has been near flawless. He has yet to lose again, but Alvarez doesn’t even consider that first setback as a loss.

Ahead of facing Caleb Plant on November 6 at the MGM Grand, Alvarez connected with the Rich Eisen Show to address several things, including his loss against Floyd Mayweather in the same venue.

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The four-division champion said, “Yeah, that’s what I thinking about it. But I did what I did, and it is what it is. So, but I think I don’t have experience right there, so young, a lot of things. But it is what it is. I learned from the fight and I don’t take that fight like a loss.”

Following the loss against Mayweather, Alvarez demanded a rematch several times. Mayweather faced other elites and retired in 2017, ending all the hopes of Mayweather vs Canelo 2. Despite that, Canelo Alvarez has gone for the best fighters of the time and is currently on the brink of becoming the first-ever undisputed champion at 168 lbs.

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Can Canelo Alvarez become greater than Floyd Mayweather?

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Mayweather is arguably the best boxer of all time. He amassed a 50-0 record against some of the best of the era. Alvarez has surpassed Mayweather’s winning numbers and is 56-1-2 at the time. While Mayweather has been champion at five divisions, Alvarez is currently at four.

Saul can definitely match this, as he has time on his side.

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)

By the end of his career, Canelo may touch titles in more weight classes. As for the knockouts and wins, he is already way above Mayweather. However, thanks to Floyd Mayweather, Alvarez will never be able to call himself undefeated in the future. That being said, he can definitely become greater.

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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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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