Canelo Alvarez stands alone as boxing’s greatest star.
At 30 years previous, he has an outstanding 55-1-2 document – his two attracts coming in opposition to Jorge Juarez in simply his fifth combat and the traditional Gennady Golovkin battle.
Nevertheless, the one loss he has suffered got here by way of majority choice to Floyd Mayweather, a person who retired with an ideal 50-Zero document and whom many regard as one of many best boxers of all-time.
However slightly than dwell on defeat, Canelo appears at it like a life lesson.
Heading into the combat, he held the WBC gentle middleweight title and a 42-0-1 document. That was his first world title and he’d already defended six occasions beforehand.
Mayweather put his WBA (tremendous) gentle middleweight title on the road and was 44-0 – somebody’s zero needed to go, and on that day it might be the younger Canelo’s.
He was simply 23 on the time and instructed a bit extra expertise would have come in useful.
“I’ve grown a lot,” he advised Mike Tyson’s HotBoxin’ as he recalled the 2013 bout at Vegas’ MGM Grand.
“I at all times thought I have to combat first with [Miguel] Cotto, [Erislandy] Lara and all of these guys after which Floyd,” he continued. “However that’s what it’s, ? That’s what it’s. I’m OK.
“I wanted extra expertise and maturity [before facing Floyd]. I don’t consider that combat like a loss. I consider that combat like I be taught from that combat.”
Canelo is now within the dominant mould of Mayweather, brushing apart all challengers put in entrance of him. The unbeaten Billy Joe Saunders would be the subsequent to strive, however Alvarez stays the favorite within the eyes of many.
However did Canelo really feel like he’d arrived when he shared the ring with Mayweather?
“After I fought Miguel Cotto. That was my finest combat,” he defined. “I really feel like once I gained that combat I felt like ‘OK, my finest second is coming.’”
Since that night time almost eight years in the past, Canelo has gained championships from gentle middleweight all the way in which as much as gentle heavyweight and he advised Tyson he plans on sticking round for an additional seven at the very least.
With esteemed coach Eddy Reynoso in his nook, you possibly can wager there will probably be many extra epic nights, particularly when he has the love of the group behind him.