Keith Thurman Compares Canelo Alvarez To Floyd Mayweather: “You Can Say He’s Cherry Picked But He Learned From The Best”

Posted on 01/06/2022

By: Hans Themistode

Canelo Alvarez has usually been lauded for his opponent choice. Nonetheless, after making his intentions clear that he plans on shifting as much as the cruiserweight division to tackle the winner of WBC belt holder Ilunga Makabu and Thabiso Mchunu, he’s been overtly chastised.

Whereas information of Alvarez’s foray into the cruiserweight division might have come as a shock, many within the boxing world have considered it as a strategical means for Alvarez to eschew a number of top-level contenders in or across the tremendous center division.

Most lately, Floyd Mayweather chimed in on Alvarez’s choice to maneuver as much as a a lot larger weight class and lambasted the pound for pound star for his selection of opponent.

“He’s going to cruiserweight,” stated Mayweather to a bunch of reporters. “He’s combating a man who’s a bit up and down however it’s what it’s. If it was as much as me, we wanna see [David] Benavidez. Canelo is a helluva fighter however in my private opinion, he’s ducking Benavidez.”

Alvarez, 31, is at the moment having fun with some downtime after placing collectively arguably one of the best 12 month stretch of his Corridor of Fame sure profession. In December of 2020, Alvarez made it look extremely straightforward as he dismantled Callum Smith to alleviate him of his WBA tremendous middleweight title. Additionally, within the course of, Alvarez snagged the vacant WBC crown.

In 2021, Alvarez laid waste to obligatory challenger Avni Yildirim, stopping him within the third spherical. From there, Alvarez went on to cease each Caleb Plant and Billy Joe Saunders to win the WBO and IBF 168 pound titles.

With the boxing world seemingly his oyster, Alvarez discovered his identify on the lips of a number of fighters unfold throughout quite a few weight courses. Nonetheless, regardless of public callouts by WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo, WBA gentle heavyweight titlist Dmitry Bivol and naturally, former two-time tremendous middleweight champion David Benavidez, Alvarez has opted to go for historical past. If the pound-for-pound star is profitable in his new cruiserweight endeavors, he’ll develop into the primary fighter of Mexican descent to win world titles in 5 separate weight divisions.

No matter Alvarez’s pursuit of historical past, former unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman does view his soar to cruiserweight as a approach to keep away from going through each Benavidez and Charlo. With that stated, Thurman believes Alvarez is just following in Mayweather’s footsteps.

“Sure however so what,” stated Thurman when requested if Alvarez is avoiding matchups in opposition to each Charlo and Benavidez to Combat Hub TV. “He’s Canelo. The individuals love him. He has an enormous following. He’s introduced tons of pleasure. You possibly can say he’s cherry-picked a bit bit however he kinda discovered from one of the best. He obtained beat by Floyd and now he’s beginning to generate profits like Floyd.”

All through the Corridor of Fame profession of Mayweather, the previous five-division titlist was usually criticized for his opponent choice, together with when he defeated a 23-year-old Alvarez in 2013. Now, with the Mexican star in a well-recognized place when it comes to each fame and fortune, Thurman views them as each one and the identical.

However, as Thurman fastidiously dissects the credentials of Makabu, he does credit score him for making it close to the highest of the cruiserweight meals chain. Extra importantly, regardless of the widespread outcry, Thurman desires to remind the boxing public that regardless of how loudly they demand Alvarez face who they think about stiffer opposition, he isn’t obligated to take action.

“It’s nonetheless a champion. The man obtained there someway in some way,” stated Thurman on Makabu. “Are there better challengers for Canelo Alvarez? Most positively. Are there fights that I would really like to see? Most positively. Are there tremendous gifted people which may have the ability to give him issues? Positively. Does he must do any of these issues? Completely not.”

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