‘It’s Stupid’ – Canelo Alvarez Trashes Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul

Published 04/29/2021, 9:48 AM EDT


Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul is now official as the duo clashes in Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on June 6. However, many fans and experts have been critical of the fight. One such person is Mayweather’s former opponent and four weight class boxing champion, Canelo Alvarez.

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Alvarez recently appeared for an interview with Graham Bensinger. When asked to share his thoughts on Mayweather fighting Paul, he wasn’t too appreciative of the booking. In fact, Alvarez believes the exhibition bout is all about money and there’s nothing to take away from it.

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Well, it’s just an exhibition. It’s about making money is all. It’s got nothing. It’s not really relevant at all. It’s an exhibition, just for making money. It’s stupid,” said Alvarez.

The WBA and WBC super middle title holder also pointed out that boxing is not a game, unlike other mainstream sport. There’s a severe chance of someone getting seriously hurt if they continue to play boxing. He also criticized the commissions and officials for allowing these non-boxers with professional licenses.

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)

Alvarez fought Mayweather in 2013 with ‘Money’ claiming a decision win. However, one might argue that a 24-year-old Canelo was too young and not in his prime yet. Mayweather on the other hand was at the peak of his powers during those days. Nevertheless, that was the only time in his illustrious career that the Mexican had tasted defeat.

Is Canelo Alvarez right in his assessment?

Professional boxers dedicate their lives to training from a very tender age. Especially for someone like Mayweather, they are habituated to the grueling work ethic of a boxer and taste the ups and downs that come along with it. But non-boxers, who have been training the sport for only a few years, can never reach that height in such a short span of time.

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So, it’s understandable that some might feel disrespected to see YouTubers and other athletes claiming to be boxers. But the marketing aspect of it has to be taken into consideration as well. Mayweather will generate huge revenues regardless of who he fights. And Logan Paul brings a special section of the audience with him.

So, the skill level of the competitors might be miles apart, but they will make people tune in to watch for sure. It’s understandable where Alvarez’s sentiments come from. But one might just have to live with it for now.

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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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