Canelo Álvarez and Floyd Mayweather- two of the greatest boxers of all time have been seen inside the squared circle only once when Mayweather handed Canelo his only career defeat as well as maintained his undefeated record.
More than seven years have passed since the superfight, where Mayweather defeated Canelo via majority decision and won the WBC and WBA (Super) light middleweight titles.
However, the fight is subject to debate as Canelo himself admitted that he was still too novice of a boxer to go against a legend like Mayweather at that time, and what would the result be if Canelo was in his prime.
And now, WBC lightweight champion Ryan García has an answer- its his mentor who would have the easy upper hand if the best versions of both pugilists were to be pitted against each other.
At his best, Canelo Álvarez is much smarter: Ryan García
At present, both boxers are being trained under Eddy Reynoso and García has also received mentorship from the WBA (Super) and WBC super middleweight titleholder.
Speaking to ESPN, García put prime Canelo Álvarez ahead of prime Floyd Mayweather, praising him as the more quick-witted and balanced boxer out of the two, as well as the bigger one.
“Canelo wins. At his best, he is much smarter and knows how to maneuver in the ring much better,” García affirmed, “Pretty Boy (Mayweather) was good but if he went directly against Canelo, he would be knocked out. He would have to box and he (Canelo Álvarez) is a big guy by nature.”
Furthermore, García also asserted that he was never fold of the out of ring attitude that “Money” exuded, especially during the most successful part of his sparring career.
“What I had a problem with Floyd was how he represented himself when he got to the top. He threw around the image of glorifying money. I don’t like that,” the 22-year-old added. (H/T BoxingScene)
As far as Canelo‘s career goes, he is set to defend his titles against Turkish boxer Avni Yıldırım on 27th February at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.