What Motivated Canelo Alvarez To Become The ‘Best’ Boxer Today?

At 30, Canelo Alvarez is considered one of the best pound for pound fighters in boxing today. Making his debut in 2005, Canelo has forged an unforgettable career that has resulted in him becoming a true gatekeeper at middleweight. It wasn’t always like that, but something clicked that brought him towards that next level.

Speaking with Eugenio Derbez, Canelo (53-1-2) discussed his growth from light-middleweight star to one of the top athletes today. After impressing against Shane Mosley, Josesito Lopez and Austin Trout, Canelo, 42-0-1 at the time, faced off against Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather controlled the bout, as CompuBox had Mayweather landing 232 of 505 shots, while Canelo landed 117 of 526 shots. Canelo would lose via split decision but would never look back.

“The only loss I had was with Floyd Mayweather and I still didn’t have the experience to fight in those scenarios and it was a really boring fight. I didn’t take it as a loss, I took it as an apprenticeship and it hurt a lot that night [to taste defeat],” Canelo stated, via Boxing Scene.

“But the next day I said to myself that this is not going to take anything away from my goal of being the best. In boxing, I’m the second Mexican in history who managed to become the best pound for pound [fighter in the world].”

After the Mayweather bout, Canelo has gone 11-0-1. He has beaten fighters like Erislandy Lara, Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Liam Smith, and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. He fought Gennadiy Golovkin to a draw before beating him a year later. During that run, he won the WBC, Middleweight, WBO Light-Middleweight, and WBA Middleweight Titles.

Since then, he has beaten Rocky Fielding (WBA Super-Middleweight Title), Daniel Jacobs (IBF Middleweight Title), and Sergey Kovalev (WBO Light-Heavyweight Title).

Canelo is currently scheduled to fight on September 12. He’s also in a battle with DAZN over pay. The company wants him to take a pay cut due to the current lack of revenue from fight nights due to COVID-19. As of now, the “front-runner” to face him following Billy Joe Saunders backing out is Callum Smith.

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