‘Never Say Never’ – Canelo Alvarez on Fighting Exhibitions Like Floyd Mayweather

Published 12/18/2020, 1:49 AM CST
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)


4-division world champion Canelo Alvarez has voiced his opinion on the concept of exhibition fights. These have become the new trend in boxing; whether it is between retired legends or celebrities. These events have garnered a lot of criticism from hard-core boxing fans; however, many argue that it is good for the monetary value of the sport. And now Canelo has given his take on the same.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
He spoke to Fighthype.com after his press-conference for the Callum Smith fight. The champion addressed the possibility of doing something like that when he retires. He replied, “As they say, never say never. I love boxing, this is why I’m here at this moment. So you don’t know. The day that I retire, I can’t say ‘yes I’ll do it’, I can’t say ‘no I won’t do it’. I love boxing.” [via translator]

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Alvarez then reasserted his desire to continue boxing for now and confirmed he has no plans of retiring. He said, “At this moment, this is what I’m doing and I’m very much enjoying it and I love it”.

This is something that was never in doubt given the incredible shape the Mexican is in.

READ: Canelo Alvarez vs Callum Smith: Fight Prediction and Analysis

Would Canelo Alvarez be able to draw the same attention as Floyd Mayweather?

Floyd Mayweather was the one who popularized these exhibition fights. He has already fought one crossover fight against Conor McGregor and an exhibition fight against Japanese kick-boxer Tenshin Nasukawa. Furthermore, he is all set to fight Logan Paul in another exhibition fight in 2021.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez poses with his championship belts after 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 Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Golden Boy/Getty Images)

This is possible because of Mayweather’s global profile. Now, if Canelo Alvarez was to do the same, there is no doubt it would be a success. In addition to this, Alvarez is also one to do things that will give him a good monetary return. So it will not be a surprise if we see Canelo fight exhibitions. However, there seems to be no sign of him stopping anytime soon either.

READ: Floyd Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez: What Really Happened?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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