Malignaggi Accuses Canelo Of Misusing His Mandatory Obligations

Paulie Malignaggi has questioned Canelo Alvarez’s approach to facing his mandatories. 

Canelo faces Jaime Munguia in a defense of his Undisputed Super Middleweight Title on May 4. But much more has been said about the David Benavidez fight. The Mexican Monster has been the WBC Super Middleweight Interim Champion for around two years. Both sides have provided different narratives for the fight not happening. 

Benavidez claimed he agreed to take $5 million to make the bout, but Canelo’s trainer, Eddie Reynoso, denied any official offers. The WBC has not helped matters. The organization has not ordered the mandatory, nor have they stripped Canelo. But when it came to his other mandatory obligations, Canelo took them. 

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Malignaggi mentioned Canelo’s decision to face his WBC 168-pound mandatory Avni Yildirim as a sign that the Mexican picks and chooses fights he feels he will win. Alvarez would stop Yildirim in the third round. Alvarez has also been criticized for facing his most recent mandatory John Ryder, who lasted the full 12 rounds with Canelo. But he avoided facing his one-time mandatory Jermall Charlo at 160 when the American was at his peak. Malignaggi questioned Canelo’s decisions. 

“Canelo, it’s not that he doesn’t do mandatories. He doesn’t do mandatories that will actually beat him. That’s the problem. He did fight Avni Yildirim. When the mandatory becomes someone that makes your bagels down the street, Canelo fights him, and then he’ll say, ‘It’s the mandatory, we had to take it. And his fans will actually jump on you too. That fight was nowhere to be seen. Now, Benavidez is hot at super middleweight, and he’s the mandatory. That fight is nowhere to be seen,” Malignaggi said

There is still a chance that Canelo will fight Benavidez on Mexican Independence Day. The boxer may be holding out for more money, something Saudi Arabia could provide, given its desire to put on the biggest fights. But before that can be considered, Alvarez must beat Munguia. Canelo’s opponent is an undefeated Mexican with a 43-0 record. He has 34 knockouts, showing Canelo must be wary. 

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