Floyd Mayweather: Canelo Alvarez Is ‘Ducking’ David Benavidez, ‘We Wanna See Benavidez’
Floyd Mayweather thinks Canelo Alvarez is “ducking” David Benavidez.
Mayweather told reporters that he doesn’t like Alvarez’s move to the cruiserweight division, which is an effort for the Mexican superstar to capture Ilunga Makabu’s WBC title.
“Canelo’s a helluva fighter, but in my personal opinion he’s ducking David Benavidez,” Mayweather said.
“He’s going up to quote-unquote ‘cruiserweight’ – David Benavidez could beat that same guy…”
Alvarez asked the WBC if he could move up two divisions, which is a 200-pound weight limit, to challenge Makabu. The sanctioning body approved during their recent convention. The WBC president noted that Alvarez will take on the winner of Makabu versus mandatory challenger Thabiso Mchunu.
Mayweather said Makabu was at the Mayweather Boxing Gym and “the guys were really getting the best of him.”
Alvarez TKO’d Caleb Plant on November 6 to become the first ever undisputed super middleweight champion, capturing Plant’s IBF title.
Alvarez previously overcame Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders for their respective belts. In the Smith fight, Alvarez picked up the vacant WBC belt, which originally belonged to Benavidez.
Benavidez, a two-time WBC super middleweight champion, was stripped of the belt for missing weight a month prior.
Some fans claim Benavidez would be Alvarez’s toughest test.
Mayweather, who retired undefeated, handed Alvarez’s sole loss in 2013 when the Mexican boxer was a young and rising star.
“Do I like this fight? Absolutely not. We wanna see Benavidez, let’s make it happen,” Mayweather added.