Manny Pacquiao Bins Potential Fight With Canelo Alvarez: “54 Is Too Much for Me”

Published 08/19/2021, 2:57 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS – NOVEMBER 14: Manny Pacquiao celebrates his 12 round TKO victory against Miguel Cotto during their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


This weekend, Manny Pacquiao will look to resurrect his boxing stint in a bout against the WBA welterweight super champ, Yordenis Ugas. A fight between these two abruptly came to life, and it’s all set to take place in a perfect setting. Also, this is one of the most important fights of Pacquiao’s career, as his future in the sport depends on the result.

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But apart from this upcoming matchup, there is another fighter who could match well with the Filipino Senator, i.e. pound-for-pound king, Canelo Alvarez. Over the course of time, fans have drawn major comparisons between this pair and they’ve always wanted to see them fight.

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Unfortunately, these fighters never came close to facing each other inside the squared circle. However, in a chat with Fight Hub TV, Pacquiao shed some light on the probabilities of him fighting Canelo.

Pacquiao said, “Oh, he’s one of the best. He’s accomplished a lot and keep up the good work. I mean, his opponent is only himself. If he keeps on focusing in boxing and working hard, sacrifices, doing that discipline, he will last in boxing.”

“I think 54 (154-pounds) is too much for me because I’m 5’7”, 5’6”, 5’7”. If I became 5’9” then I can fight,” he added.

Manny Pacquiao vs Canelo Alvarez – Who would have won in this epic collision?

The 42-year-old clearly has a short frame, and that is purely feasible for fighting at the welterweight landscape. That’s one prime reason why Pacquiao never really fought at bigger weight classes. Hence, he has never crossed paths with Canelo.

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But what would have happened if these two ever fought each other?

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)

Both Canelo and Pacquiao hold some paramount experience in the fight world. However, the Filipino Senator edges over his Mexican foe. But talking about the skill sets, as both these technicians have some out-of-the-box prowess, it’s really tough to determine who among the two would have won.

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Who do you think would have won a fight between Canelo and Pacquiao?

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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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