The Mexican boxer and the American have been compared for being at the top of the discipline worldwide, although Saúl Álvarez has arguments to overcome Money’s legacy
As Saúl Álvarez has added titles and accomplishments to his professional career built over 16 years, comparisons to the trajectory of Floyd Mayweather Junior have made Money uneasy . Canelo went so far as to affirm that he would have won the lawsuit against the American if both had been in their best form, but his rival became uncomfortable and lashed out on several occasions. Still, statistics show that at 31 , Canelo is about to match Mayweather’s legacy.
Through his Twitter account, the native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, replied to a publication made by a fan. It shows a comparison between the achievements obtained by each of them throughout their career. Although there are some areas where Money surpasses the Mexican, these could well be surpassed by Álvarez in the coming years of his career.
One of the main arguments to indicate the superiority over the Mexican is the fight they held in 2013 , where two of the three judges in charge of the sanction gave their preference to the native of Michigan. At that time, at 23, Canelo already had a record of 42 wins and a draw, while his rival had already consolidated the unbeaten 45-0 at 36.
With his most recent victory over Caleb Plant, Canelo achieved the undisputed 168-pound championship for the first time in the history of the category, as well as in the annals of Mexican boxing. This achievement could never be achieved by Floyd despite the fact that he never lost a single fight in his professional role. In this way, the Mexican has a point on his opponent.
Before that, the man from Guadalajara had already managed to unify two to three bands in three different weight categories. Meanwhile, Floyd Mayweather Junior did it in only a couple of divisions. However, the two boxers are tied in obtaining titles endorsed by The Ring magazine , as each of them has obtained it three times.
Floyd Mayweather retired with the achievement of being crowned in five different weight divisions , namely super featherweight, lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight and super welterweight. Meanwhile, Canelo achieved the world championship quartet on November 2, 2019, when he rose to the light heavyweight division and stripped Russian boxer Sergey Kovalev of the title endorsed by the World Boxing Organization ( WBO ).
With four categories conquered, the Mexican could match Floyd Mayweather in the field in the coming months . It is worth mentioning that if he defeats the cruiserweight monarch, as Eddy Reynoso announced during the 59th Annual Convention of the World Boxing Council (WBC), he would be entering the select group of boxers with belts in five different categories . With this, 200 pounds would be added to super welterweight, middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight.
Throughout 21 years of professional career, Mayweather managed to win 14 belts from the four most important boxing organizations in the world. Meanwhile, in 16 years of experience, Canelo has 13 bands in his history , so he would be about to match it if he beat the best exponent between Thabiso Mchunu and Ilunga Makabu .
Lastly, Canelo Álvarez has faced 12 world champions in his career, while Money did so with 13 . For these reasons, and considering that he does not think about the next retirement, the Mexican could far exceed the numbers of the American because, according to the author of the statistic “with only 31 years he is already surpassing Floyd’s entire career.”