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Canelo Alvarez, the king of pound-for-pound boxing, was just beginning his career when he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Alvarez believes that if they had fought when they were in their primes, he would have the edge.
Alvarez, then 23 years old, faced Mayweather in a light-middleweight championship superfight at a catchweight 152 pounds. Mayweather, now 36 years old, won by majority decision to unify WBA and WBC. The Ring light middleweight titles.
Mayweather won the bout, beating Alvarez 232 to 117. Scorecards were heavily influenced criticizedCJ Ross, the judge, declared that the fight was a draw at 114 to 114. Ross retiredAs a boxing judge shortly following the fight.
Alvarez seems at peace with the loss because he knows he wasn’t at his best when he faced the most admired boxer of his generation.
“Simply, it was down to experience. If I compare that Canelo with Canelo today, they are completely different. It’d be a completely different fight now [against Mayweather],” Alvarez said last month.
Alvarez won his 16 next fights without a loss and is now the undisputed champion super middleweight. He fought Gennady Glovkin in 2017 to a split-decision win, but he won the rematch one years later. Alvarez tried to climb up to claim the WBA Super light heavyweight title, but he was defeated by Dmitry Bivol in unanimous decision. This was his first loss since Mayweather’s 2013 loss.
Alvarez will return to action Saturday against Golovkin in a trio fight in which his undisputed super-middleweight titles will be on the line.