Welterweight celebrity Manny Pacquiao revealed his admiration for Canelo Alvarez after witnessing the Mexican blast out Billy Joe Saunders.
Pacquiao, who holds world title victories in eight weight divisions, watched the combat dwell because it occurred and was impressed by what he noticed.
Canelo, himself a four-division ruler, allowed Saunders to get into the combat for the three earlier rounds earlier than detonating within the eighth.
Utilizing strong physique photographs to melt up his British opponent, Canelo noticed the best way Saunders ducked to keep away from the headshots. He then selected a mixture of each to land a sickening blow lastly.
Saunders’ cheek exploded inside his face required surgical procedure upon arrival on the hospital. He may very well be out for the remainder of 2021.
As for the Filipino Senator, he was in awe of Canelo like the remainder of us.
“These physique photographs by Canelo,” stated Pacquaio with a shocked face emoji. He added on the remaining bell: “And nonetheless… congrats, Canelo!”
These physique photographs by Canelo. 😳 #CaneloSaunders
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) May 9, 2021
Talking to DAZN post-fight, Canelo said he knew what would occur all alongside.
“As I stated beforehand, the combat was going to develop by the seventh or eighth spherical. That’s what occurred,” Canelo stated.
“However it wasn’t as tough as I anticipated. That’s the place I take word that my preparation is nice, and I enhance day-to-day.
“The combat I used to be profitable round-by-round. I advised you, my combat would develop after six or seven rounds. However I began getting adjusted rapidly.
“I knew that this [the eighth] was going to be the ultimate spherical. However I knew it. I believe I broke his cheek, and I knew he wasn’t going to return out [for the ninth]. That was it.
“I’ve the very best coach [in Eddy Reynoso]. He tells me, “do that,” and I do it.”
On what’s subsequent for him, the 30-year-old added: “[Caleb Plant] That’s the plan – for the belt. I’m coming, my pal.”
Sadly, anybody hoping for a Canelo vs. Pacquiao combat sooner or later shall be dissatisfied. Pacquiao has no plans to combat above 147.
Canelo, nevertheless, intends on shifting up once more as soon as he’s totally unified at 168.
Phil Jay is the Editor of WBN. An Auxiliary member of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America since 2018. And a member of the Sports activities Journalists’ Affiliation. Observe on Twitter @PhilJWBN.