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In a current interview with Struggle Hub TV, Floyd Mayweather Jr (50-0, 27 KOs) thinks Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (57-1-2, 39 KOs) is ducking David Benavidez (25-0, 22 KOs) by shifting as much as cruiserweight to combat Ilunga Makabu (28-2, 25 KOs).
“He’s going as much as cruiserweight he’s preventing a man that’s actually not, you realize the man up and down however it’s what it’s, I imply if it was as much as me like we carry on saying we wish to see Benavidez, um Canelo hell of a fighter however my private opinion he’s ducking Benavidez, you realize that is my private opinion”
Makabu is scheduled to defend his WBC cruiserweight title in opposition to Thabiso Mchunu (23-5, 13 KOs) on January twenty ninth, 2022. If he’s profitable in his protection, we may see the person from Congo problem Canelo in Could 2022.
Floyd Mayweather Jr On Ilunga Makabu and David Benavidez
Based on Mayweather Jr, Makabu used to wrestle on the Mayweather Boxing Health club and believes Benavidez may do the identical as Canelo and transfer as much as cruiserweight and beat Makabu.
“I’m not knocking him however he’s going as much as cruiserweight and that very same man was on the Mayweather boxing health club and the fellows actually getting one of the best of him, so if he’s going as much as quote on quote cruiserweight, Benavidez may beat that very same man at 168”
Makabu is on a successful streak and hasn’t misplaced since 2016 when he fought Tony Bellew (30-3-1, 20 KOs) and was stopped within the third spherical. Nonetheless, on the age of 34, he could also be previous his prime and the timing could possibly be good for Canelo to face him for the WBC cruiserweight championship.
Alternatively, David Benavidez is ten years youthful and is just 24 years outdated. After current spectacular performances in opposition to Ronald Ellis (18-2-2, 12 KOs) and Kyrone Davis (16-3-1, 6 KOs), some boxing specialists fee the Mexican American extremely and reinforce Mayweather’s feedback that Canelo ought to combat him.
The undefeated, pound-for-pound legend went on to emphasize his distaste for Canelo’s potential combat with Makabu “Do I like this combat? Completely not, we wish to see Benavidez, let’s make it occur”.
Floyd Mayweather Jr On Canelo’s Progress
When requested about Canelo’s progress as a fighter, Mayweather Jr mentioned he was not impressed by his improvement.
“Similar fighter, similar fighter. It’s loopy, ‘Canelo in his prime, he’d have been a special fighter.’ Once I fought him he was in his prime! I used to be one of the best in my 20s. Once I fought Canelo I used to be nearly 40.”
Canelo was solely 23 years outdated when he fought Mayweather on the MGM grand for the WBC and WBA tremendous welterweight championships. The huge distinction in expertise was a telling issue as Mayweather produced a boxing masterclass handy Canelo his first skilled defeat.
After dropping to Mayweather in 2013 by way of majority choice, Canelo has gone from power to power by beating world-class boxers equivalent to Gennadiy Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs), Miguel Cotto (41-6, 33 KOs), and Sergey Kovalev (34-4-1, 29 KOs). To not point out, changing into the first-ever undisputed champion at 168 and capturing world titles at middleweight and lightweight heavyweight.
The Mexican famous person can be the present pound-for-pound king on Ring Journal and is likely one of the hottest boxers on the planet.
We’ll by no means know if Canelo would have crushed Mayweather if he was older and extra skilled. Regardless, their bout mirrored a passing of the boxing torch, the place Mayweather was pound for pound number one and now Canelo has gone on to do the identical.
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Floyd Mayweather Jr On Different Pound-For-Pound Fighters
Mayweather respects Canelo as a boxer however believes different excellent fighters don’t get as a lot credit score as they deserve.
“I like Canelo, I imply I like his work, however we’re forgetting about Jaron Ennis, we don’t discuss him, you realize Errol Spence goes via some ups and downs all through life, tragedies and he nonetheless get via all of it. Terence Crawford go on the market and do what he was speculated to do, he seemed good, however we neglect about these guys, we don’t discuss Tank go on the market and do what he obtained to do”
Jaron Ennis (28-0, 26 KOs) is an up-and-coming fighter who has but to be examined by a world-class opponent, nonetheless, to this point he appears to be like like a sensational expertise who has unimaginable potential.
Terence Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) and Errol Spence Jr (27-0, 21 KOs) have lengthy been thought of the 2 finest welterweights on this planet. With Crawford leaving High Rank, there’s a likelihood we may see this mouth-watering bout between these two heroes of the game.
Whereas, Gervonta “Tank” Davis (25-0, 24 KOs) has proven very good knockout energy and is seeking to enhance his resume by defending his WBA light-weight title in opposition to Isaac Cruz (22-1-1, 15 KOs).
Mayweather undoubtedly mentions some extraordinarily proficient fighters, nonetheless, Canelo is the present pound-for-pound king and can additional improve his repute if he turns into a 5-weight world champion.