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Floyd Mayweather schooled Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez so much he had time to troll the Mexican when he swung and missed a body shot


In September 2013, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez suffered the only loss of his career, against the great Floyd Mayweather.

Canelo, who faces Dmitry Bivol this weekend for his WBA light heavyweight title, was just 23 when he decided to face one of the greatest of all time. But he already had a record of 42 wins and one draw after turning professional at 15.

Mayweather was too much for a 23-year-old Canelo
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Mayweather would retire 50-0, but he wasn’t there yet when he faced the Mexican. Canelo’s win took him to 45-0 where he won by majority decision 114-114, 116-112, 117-111.

While Canelo thought he had gained experience and was ready for someone of Mayweather’s caliber, he learned overnight that there are levels in boxing and that “Money” was on another.

In his post-fight interview, the rising star admitted he couldn’t find a way to land anything significant on Mayweather no matter how hard he tried. Fans and pundits had wondered before the fight if Canelo’s power and relentless pressing would be the formula to finally beat Mayweather – it wasn’t.

At one point, Canelo put it all behind a body shot aimed at Mayweather, but after the American danced his way out of the tight spot, Canelo found himself just stomping the ropes.

Mayweather even had time to stop and poke fun at Canelo’s efforts.

After the fight, Mayweather said he just had more skills in his arsenal than Canelo did at that point.

Floyd Mayweather schooled Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez so much he had time to troll the Mexican when he swung and missed a body shot
Canelo threw the hook that floored many men, but missed from miles away
Floyd Mayweather schooled Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez so much he had time to troll the Mexican when he swung and missed a body shot
Mayweather took the time to look back at Miss Canelo and poke fun at her

“It’s all about skill,” former five-weight world champion Mayweather said. “I came out and showed my skills.

“I just listened to my corner, listened to my father [Floyd Sr, who is also his trainer]. My dad had a brilliant game plan and I went out there and got the job done.

In the years since that loss, Canelo won world titles in three weight classes and had two lucrative fights with Gennady Golovkin.

When asked in 2018 how the same fight would play out, Canelo said he now has the experience that defeated him that night.

Floyd Mayweather schooled Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez so much he had time to troll the Mexican when he swung and missed a body shot
Mayweather released Canelo in 2014
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Floyd Mayweather schooled Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez so much he had time to troll the Mexican when he swung and missed a body shot
Canelo is now the undisputed super middleweight champion and is challenging at light and heavyweight
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“I’m a more complete fighter now,” Canelo began. “I would be much more competitive. I have a lot more experience. I improved a lot, so it would be different.

“It was experience that got me the best of that night. And that’s also why it was a boring fight, because he didn’t do me too much either. It was experience and I’m a much more mature fighter.

“I’m a better fighter than the fighter that fought that night. It would be very different. After Mayweather, we faced some really good fighters.

“We fought Miguel Cotto, Gennady Golovkin twice. I’m a more complete fighter now with more experience. If this fight were to happen again, we would beat it, no problem.

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