Canelo Alvarez has apologized to Argentina football star Lionel Messi.
The undisputed super middleweight champion tweeted in Spanish ahead of Argentina’s game against Poland and Mexico’s match against Saudi Arabia that he had gotten “carried away.”
“These last few days, I got carried away by the passion and love I feel for my country,” he said. “I made comments that were out of place.
“I want to apologize to Messi and the people of Argentina. Every day we learn something new, and this time it was my turn.”
“I wish both teams much success in their matches today, and here we will continue supporting Mexico until the end.”
Les deseo mucho éxito a ambas selecciones en sus partidos de hoy y aquí seguiremos apoyando a México hasta el final 🇲🇽🇲🇽🇲🇽
— Canelo Alvarez (@Canelo) November 30, 2022
Alvarez’s threat came on Sunday after Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. A video circulated of Argentina celebrating the victory in the locker room, which is when Messi was seen moving a Mexico jersey with his right foot as he took off his shoe.
Alvarez wasn’t happy with it on said on Twitter in a now-deleted tweet:
“He better ask God not to run into me.”
The former pound-for-pound king, of Mexico, is known for showing pride in his country.
But former Argentina forward Sergio Aguero defended Messi:
“Mr. Canelo, don’t go finding excuses or creating trouble, certainly you don’t know soccer or what happens in a locker room,” he said on Twitter. “The shirts are always on the floor after a match as they are sweaty.”
Cuban boxer Yordenis Ugas, a former welterweight champion, also commented on Alvarez’s remarks.
“You are the greatest representation of boxing and Latinos especially, that many of us see in you a mirror of respect, triumph, and professionalism.
“Behaving like that in that way is disappointing. We expect more from you, champion. Look at all the shirts on the floor after a match.
“Messi is a gentleman. He has never made fun of any rival and even less of a nation of warriors like Mexico.
“It was a contested match that won the best. The fans fight each other for nothing. We don’t like to see a star like you putting pepper on it. The two countries are great rivals.”
At the time of this writing, both Mexico and Argentina are 0-0 in their respective games in the 40th minute.