Ryan Garcia is of the belief that the prime version of Canelo Alvarez would defeat the best version of Floyd Mayweather.
Back in September 2013, Canelo shared the ring with Mayweather. Canelo put the WBA (Super), WBC, and The Ring Light-Middleweight Titles on the line. Mayweather handed Canelo his first loss via majority decision. Up to this point, it is the only defeat in Canelo’s pro boxing career.
Garcia, who trains with Canelo, told ESPN that he feels the 2021 version of the Mexican star would defeat a prime Mayweather (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“Canelo wins. At his best, he is much smarter and knows how to maneuver in the ring much better. Pretty Boy was good but if he went directly against Canelo, he would be knocked out. He would have to box and he (Saúl) is a big guy by nature.”
Garcia went on to admit that he never liked Mayweather’s “Money” persona.
“What I had a problem with [when it came to] Floyd was how he represented himself when he got to the top. He threw around the image of glorifying money. I don’t like that.”
Canelo has gone 12-0-1 since suffering the loss to Mayweather. In that span, he’s defeated the likes of Gennady Golovkin, Miguel Cotto, Callum Smith, and Daniel Jacobs to name a few.
Canelo is scheduled to put his WBA (Super), WBC, and The RIng Super-Middleweight Titles on the line against Avni Yildirim on February 27. If he emerges victorious, then Canelo is expected to face WBO titleholder Billy Joe Saunders in May.