Canelo: GGG’s Definition of Mexican Style Is Wrong

A lot of conversation leading up to this Saturday’s fight between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez has been built around the idea of “Mexican Style.” It even came up at the end of Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather’s fight where McGregor claimed that Mayweather fought him like a “Mexican.” Identity politics aside, the term has been commonplace, and has been used for Golovkin’s style. In his latest HBO blog, Canelo Alvarez thinks the terms ‘Mexican warrior’ and ‘Mexican style’ mean more than simply being a come-forward brawler.

“When Golovkin or a lot of his fans refer to fighting “Mexican style” it is describing a style in which a fighter is gutsy, comes forward aggressively, is throwing power punches just to throw them and engages in unnecessary exchanges. I would argue that GGG’s definition of “Mexican Style” isn’t completely correct…

If you look at all the great Mexican fighters who have become world renowned world champions like Salvador “Chava” Sanchez, Erik “El Terrible” Morales, Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Márquez, and Ricardo “Finito” Lopez just to name a few, they weren’t the biggest brawlers – they were intelligent with their boxing, were able to outclass their opponents and knew how to use their bodies to achieve their victories…

I would argue that a Mexican Warrior is one that has heart, passion, and fights with all he has until the very end with intuition and intelligence. A Mexican warrior will not die in the line of fire, but will cunningly be three steps ahead of his opponent. No one can teach you to be a warrior. It’s something innate that unites all Mexicans – that fire is what propels us to survive and thrive.”

Yet, Golovkin feels not only does he fight that style, that he feels like a true Mexican.

“This is more than a fight. It’s a real Mexican fight. Abel brings a Mexican style to me. I love fighting Mexican style. I love Mexican food and eat it every day. I love the Mexican tradition. I am surrounded by it. I have many Mexican friends. I have Mexican blood.”

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