‘Mayweather Created a Monster’ – Former Opponent Details How a Loss Against Floyd Mayweather Shaped Canelo Alvarez’s Career

Published 05/03/2022, 12:46 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 14: (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a right to the head of 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 Chris Trotman/Golden Boy/Golden Boy via Getty Images)

Undisputed world super-middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez will face the behemoth Dmitry Bivol for a championship showdown on May 7. Meanwhile, boxing promoter and former boxer Ricky Hatton feel that Alvarez’s loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. made him the boxer he is today.

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Hatton was in an interview with Talksport. In conversation, he mentioned how Alvarez became a better boxer after his devastating loss to Mayweather. He said, “I think Mayweather, when he fought Canelo, Canelo didn’t win a round did he? I think Mayweather created a monster in many ways.”

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)

Moreover, he also added that the incident is an example for young boxers, of how a defeat does not define a boxer. Hatton said, “It’s an example to many youngsters out there that if you do get beat, it doesn’t mean your career is over. That defeat, it can make or break someone and it made Canelo.”

In fact, Hatton has a personal chronicle with both the fighters. Mayweather defeated him by a knockout in a bout in 2007. Also, Hatton’s brother Matthew Hatton was defeated by Alvarez in 2011.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Canelo Alvarez

Mayweather faced Alvarez at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on September 14, 2013. The bout that was billed- ‘The One’ -was a true showcase of the technical prowess of both the fighters.

Mayweather even took to social media to officially announce Alvarez as his opponent. He also added, “I’m giving fans what they want. It will be at the MGM Grand.”

Moreover, ‘TBE’ was defending his WBA (Super) light middleweight title, while also fighting for the WBC and the Ring light middleweight titles.

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The bout was a 12-round standoff between the behemoths. Alvarez tried to show patience and took his time with his shots. However, this played in favor of Mayweather’s defensive style.

At the end of the 12 rounds, Mayweather was declared the winner by decision.

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Joshua Ben Joseph

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Joshua Ben Joseph is a Boxing writer for EssentiallySports. He started his career as an editorial cartoonist and holds a BFA degree with a specialization in Animated Filmmaking and Screenwriting from AISFM, Hyderabad. An avid lover of boxing history, Joshua believes his writing extends his lifelong adoration for combat sports.

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