By Manuel Perez: At one time I was one of the biggest supporters of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 Kos), but I now absolutely HATE him to the point where I don’t want to see him fight any longer. I think Canelo is a pampered, spoiled fighter, used to getting his own way. Canelo won’t fight Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, and you can come to your own conclusions why he’s not willing to do that.
I don’t know why but I just hate Canelo as a fighter. I intensely dislike him. The definition of ‘Hate’ is “feel intense or passionate dislike for someone.” I think that pretty much sums up what I feel about Canelo. I HATE him. I don’t see why he’s popular. Ever since Canelo started fighting in his own self-created divisions in fighting at catchweights at 155, I’ve hated him.
I think Canelo has been changing the sport of boxing for the worst by tilting his fights in his favor by using catchweights, and selecting opposition that had little chance of beating him. I never liked Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was careful in selecting his own opposition during his career. Canelo is a continuation of what Mayweather was doing with the way he picked out opposition, but I think he’s far worse. Canelo is still using catchweights to gain an edge over his opponents. I think it’s blatantly unfair, and he’s still doing it to this day. Canelo’s next fight will be at a catchweight of 164 ½ pounds against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6 in Las Vegas, Nevada. I’m praying that Chavez Jr. beats Canelo.
I really hope for this will all my might. I want Canelo to lose and lose badly. I will be celebrating after the fight if that happens. Chavez Jr. will be doing me a BIG favor if he knocks Canelo out and ruins the hype train by knocking it off the tracks for good. I don’t even think Canelo will try and avenge a loss to Chavez Jr. if he gets beaten. I think what we’ll see is excuses made by Golden Boy, and denial from Canelo, saying he should have won the fight if the fight ends in a decision. If Canelo loses by a knockout, I STILL see excuses being made by him and Golden Boy.I think they’ll blame the knockout on him being hit while he was looking away or something like that. They won’t admit that he was clearly beaten.
I don’t see anything in his last 10 fights that suggests he’s a major talent in boxing. Canelo had to battle hard in his last fight against Liam Smith to beat him by a 9th round knockout. I thought it was pretty close at the time that Canelo stopped him.
Some boxing fans say it’s because Canelo is letting the GGG fight marinate. I don’t think it’s that reason at all. I believe that the 26-year-old Canelo is just plain scared of fighting Golovkin, for fear that if he loses, it could be by a brutal knockout. Losing by a knockout is bad enough, but the possible loss of fans is what I think is the reason why Canelo doesn’t to take chances by fighting GGG. If Canelo loses to Golovkin, the fans may jump ship like rats from a sinking ship on the ocean. Why would fans want to continue to follow a fighter that was knocked out by Golovkin?
Canelo could see his PPV buys sliced in half after a loss to Golovkin. But when you don’t even trust yourself by competing or whatever, then you’ve surely lost. Canelo isn’t fighting Golovkin, and I think he’s scared of what could happen to himself and to his future. Canelo’s promoters at Golden Boy Promotions are clearly not in any real hurry for him to fight Golovkin. That’s their money guy. Canelo’s fights are bringing a lot of cash to Golden Boy each time he fights. With the right kind of match-making by Golden Boy, Canelo could keep making money for the company into his 40s. He might 15-20 years left in his career. Even if Golden Boy never signs another star like Canelo, they would have made a TON of money with all of his PPV fights in the next 15-20 years.
Back in the day when Canelo was starting out, I thought he was heading towards greatness in Mexican boxing. I saw him beat Shane Mosley, Jose Miguel Cotto, Kermit Cintron, Josesito Lopez and Alfonso Gomez. But ever since Canelo fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. and looked like he didn’t fight with courage, I’ve lost interest in watching the man fight.
I don’t think Canelo has any intention of fighting Golovkin in 2017 or 2018. I honestly believe that Canelo is going to wait until Golovkin is nearing 40 before he makes that fight. The excuse that Canelo will have for not fighting Golovkin is easy to make. All Canelo and Golden Boy have to say is that Golovkin is pricing himself out by asking for too much money based on his recent PPV efforts against Daniel Jacobs.
That excuse will work just fine for Canelo for the time being. To continue with the excuses in the future, Canelo can point out any weaknesses he sees in Golovkin’s performances in his future fights. Golovkin is coming off of a close win over Daniel Jacobs on March 18. If he wants to, Canelo can point out that Golovkin won a controversial 12 round decision over Jacobs. That’s what some boxing fans are saying. I don’t believe it, but then again I saw the fight. Jacobs was knocked down and lost the fight, end of story. There was no controversy in my opinion. He lost the fight because he didn’t do what he needed to do.
I can see a future with Canelo where he’s not fighting the best in whatever division he’s competing in. I predict that Canelo will avoid facing the best fighters when he does start fighting in the middleweight division. Canelo’s promoters at Golden Boy say he’s not going to continue to fight at catchweights when he moves down to 160. I don’t believe that for a second. Canelo may fight one fight without a catchweight when he does move down to middleweight, but I see him going back to fighting with those special handicaps thereafter.
I don’t think he’s going to want to fight Jermall Charlo or Daniel Jacobs. I can’t see either of those fights ever happening during his career because they’re fights that are almost as dangerous for Canelo as a fight against Golovkin. Why would Canelo fight Charlo or Jacobs hen he’s got easy fights that can be made for him against lesser fighters.