WATCH: Canelo Alvarez’s First Reaction to Floyd Mayweather’s Exhibition Bout in Abu Dhabi

Published 04/28/2022, 2:28 PM EDT
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)

Canelo Alvarez and Floyd Mayweather go way back in time. Their first encounter was inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 14, 2013. Alvarez was in his early twenties when he fought an already established figure in Mayweather.

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Mayweather won that fight via majority decision, and in time went through multiple retirements only to come back and sell out the arenas. On the other hand, Alvarez, whose only loss in professional boxing was against Floyd Mayweather, grew significantly in the game to become the Mexican phenom he is today. It has now been almost a decade since these two graced the ring together.

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On May 14, in Abu Dhabi, Mayweather will, one more time, make a return to professional boxing. However, this time he will not be facing a Pacquiao or a McGregor. He will go up against a former sparring partner and retired American boxer Don Moore. While Mayweather prepares to come back in an exhibition match against an opponent whose name was barely heard till now, Alvarez, on May 7, heads to fight a more young and prosperous fighter in Dmitry Bivol.

Canelo Alvarez barely had any clue about Mayweather’s comeback in Abu Dhabi

Despite age, location, and the opponent, Mayweather’s comeback is highly anticipated among boxing fans. Of course, it is the same fighter, whose middle name is ‘Money’ and who once dropped the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Marcos Maidana, and Andre Berto dancing inside the ring. Anyway, as Mayweather, despite having a perfect career heads to another fight in his life, TMZ asks Canelo Alvarez whether he will tune in for Money’s return to Abu Dhabi.

“Oh, he’s gonna fight again? I don’t even know,” said the 4-division world champion.

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At this, the TMZ reporter specified Mayweather would fight in Abu Dhabi and against a former sparring partner. To which Alvarez added, “Oh, I went there before. Vacation.”

Alvarez, after he fought Money

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After his loss against Mayweather, Canelo fought sixteen fights. Some of the giant names he won against include Gennady Golovkin, Amir Khan, Miguel Cotto, and Billy Joe Saunders. Alvarez fought Golovkin twice; the first time it was a draw, but the second time he snatched his victory.

May 8, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Boxer Canelo Alvarez celebrates defeating Billy Joe Saunders during a super middleweight boxing title fight at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

He now holds a professional record of 57 wins, only 1 loss, and 2 draws in boxing. Champion in distinct divisions, Alvarez, if not the biggest name, undoubtedly, is one of the biggest names in combat sports today.

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As the two legends make their way to the boxing ring, how do you feel at this moment? Let us know in the comments below.

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Samrat Sardar

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Samrat Sardar is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports and is currently a final year undergraduate student of English literature. A passionate content creator, he has been writing since his high school days, and possesses work experience as a commercial writer for companies such as WordsKraft among others. Samrat believes he fell in love with boxing the day he watched Vasiliy Lomachenko share the ring with Guillermo Rigondeaux.

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