Canelo says he was too inexperienced when he faced Mayweather in 2013

Canelo Alvarez admits he was too inexperienced when he faced Floyd Mayweather in their 2013 blockbuster as he opens up on the sole defeat of his career ahead of unification clash with Billy Joe Saunders

  • Canelo Alvarez has opened up on losing to Floyd Mayweather back in 2013 
  • The Mexican sensation was only 23 when he shared the ring with Mayweather
  • He has won three world titles at different weights since the sole loss of his career
  • Canelo is set for a unification fight with Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders in May

Canelo Alvarez has admitted inexperience cost him in his blockbuster fight with Floyd Mayweather as he opened up on the sole defeat of his distinguished career.

The Mexican sensation, who has since gone on to become the sport’s biggest global star, put his super welterweight world titles on the line in a mega fight with Mayweather back in 2013. 

Canelo was the unified champion at the time and was being touted as Mayweather’s natural successor, with 2.2million people tuning in on pay-per-view to watch the two stars go head to head.

Canelo Alvarez has spoken honestly about the sole defeat of his distinguished career

The Mexican star was convincingly beaten by Floyd Mayweather in a super fight back in 2013

Mayweather would put on a boxing masterclass over 12 rounds to claim a majority decision victory and cement his position as the pound-for-pound best. 

That defeat remains the only blemish on Canelo’s resume, and the 30-year-old insisted the setback was a valuable lesson on the road to becoming the multi-weight champion he is today.

Speaking on Mike Tyson’s HotBoxin’ podcast, he said: ‘I know what happened, I’m going to be with my trainer all my life, because I know.

Canelo admitted he was too inexperienced and needed tougher fights before Mayweather

The boxing superstar was talking about his only loss on Mike Tyson’s HotBoxin’ podcast

‘When I fought with Floyd, I was 23. I always think I need to fight first with [Miguel] Cotto, [Erislandy] Lara and all of those guys and then Floyd.

‘But that’s what it is. I needed more experience, more maturity. I don’t take that fight like a loss, I learned from that fight.’ 

Since losing to Mayweather, Canelo has gone on to win world titles in three different weight divisions and claimed a legacy-defining victory over middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin. 

He currently holds the WBC and WBA belts in the 168lb division and sealed a unification clash with Britain’s WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders by stopping Avni Yildirim in three rounds last month.

Canelo has gone on to win world titles in three different divisions since losing to Mayweather

He defended his super-middleweight world titles by stopping Avni Yildirim last month

Saunders’ promoter Eddie Hearn believes the undefeated two-weight champion is capable of troubling Canelo with his style but admits the Mexican has become a completely different fighter since Mayweather laid down the blueprint on how to beat him.

‘Billy Joe Saunders for a long time has said he will beat Canelo Alvarez. He has the style to beat him,’ Hearn told Fight Hub TV.

‘I’ll tell you one thing, I think if there’s anyone in the division that will beat or could beat Canelo, it’s Billy Joe Saunders — because he has the style and the movement and he has something different in his head.

‘No fear. He can come out and he boxes and he moves and he flows, you know. Other fighters come out (tense).

Britain’s WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders will face Canelo in a unification battle on May 8

Eddie Hearn believes Saunders can beat Canelo but admits he has improved since his only loss

‘I think (Saunders) is an underdog in the fight (against Canelo).

‘But he may be a guy who has a better chance than anybody to beat him, because he’s a bit crazy and he won’t fear and he’s slick.’

Hearn added: ‘We keep saying Canelo has struggled against slick fighters, but this is when he wasn’t as good as he is now.

‘So people talk about the Lara fight, the Floyd Mayweather fight, the [Austin] Trout fight, but he was 40 per cent of the fighter that he is now.’

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