Keith Thurman Says Canelo Alvarez Has Learned to Cherry Pick Opponents From Floyd Mayweather

Published 01/09/2022, 10:00 AM EST

Canelo Alvarez is someone who never shies away from a tough fight. Fans and pundits have always lauded Canelo for his opponent selection, going up against the toughest fighters in his division. However, following his decision to move up to Cruiserweight, many people, including Keith Thurman, believe he is cherry-picking his opponents.

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Cherry-picking is a term people use when boxers pick the easiest fights, that guarantees them a win and a good purse. During an interview with Fight Hub TV, the interviewer asked Thurman what he thought of Canelo cherry-picking his fights. “I can give you a triple yes. But, so what? You know, he’s Canelo.”

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“The people love him, he’s got a huge following. He’s brought tons of excitement. You can say he’s cherry-picked a little bit, but he’s kinda learned from the best. You know, he got beat by Floyd and now he’s starting to make money like Floyd.” Thurman said.

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 04: Keith Thurman celebrates his split decision win against Danny Garcia after their WBA/WBC Welterweight unification Championship bout at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on March 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Floyd Mayweather is another fighter that fans have accused of cherry-picking to earn bigger purses. According to Thurman, after losing to Mayweather, Canelo has started earning like Mayweather because of this. According to Thurman, there are bigger fights out there for Canelo.

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However, Canelo is the king of boxing at the moment, so he gets to pick who he fights next, be it for history or for an easy paycheck.

Keith Thurman is back in action after more than 2 years away from the ring.

Keith Thurman prepares to take on Mario Barrios in his comeback fight

‘One Time’ is back in action after over two years. His last fight was against Manny Pacquiao back in 2019. ‘One Time’ lost to the ‘Pacman’ and has not fought competitively ever since. His comeback fight against Mario Barrios will lead to bigger fights according to Thurman.

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Thurman will take on Barrios on February 5th in a high-stakes Welterweight 12-round showdown. Both the former world champions will battle it out at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas.

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Who do you think will win? Will Barrios be able to play spoiler in Thurman’s comeback fight? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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