Feature | Apr 20 2016

Canelo Alvarez ‘didn’t lose credibility’ against Floyd Mayweather

No shame for Canelo Alvarez in Floyd Mayweather defeat, writes John Dennen
Floyd Mayweather
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THE only loss on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s 48 fight record is his 2013 points defeat to Floyd Mayweather. But the Mexican star insists that result has not affected his standing in the sport.

“As far as losing to Floyd, I don’t think I lost any credibility.  You know, to go in there and perform like I did against Floyd at 22 years old, I don’t think I lost any credibility at all,” Canelo said. “I lost to a guy that nobody beat. Nobody was able to beat. None of the big names were able to beat him, so I don’t think I lost any credibility.”

Ahead of his May 7 defence against Amir Khan, he believes that he has developed as a fighter. “Look, I think I faced every kind of style. There’s so many different styles I’ve faced. I’ve faced people like that that are fast, elusive. I have the experience to be victorious May 7. I think it’s something that he doesn’t bring anything different that I haven’t faced before in the past to the table,” Saul said.