Floyd Mayweather Jr has once again shed appraisal on what David Benavidez has accomplished as a boxer and assured that he recognized him for what he has done in the ring, amidst his ongoing on-and-off fight talk with Canelo Alvarez.
Canelo is the current 168-pound undisputed champion and defeated Gennady Golovkin via unanimous decision in their trilogy fight on September 17 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the conclusion of that matchup, Canelo discussed a possible clash with Benavidez, a two-time WBC super middleweight champion, before he brushed it aside.
“Why do you think I don’t want to fight a Mexican or Benavidez?” Canelo said at a press conference after his win over GGG, “I listen a lot to his father ( José Benavidez ) talking a lot of shit, but let’s see, see what he has achieved, nothing. A single champion, Anthony Dirrell. Please don’t disrespect me.”
Floyd Mayweather praises David Benavidez again
“It’s not praising boxers, it’s giving them the recognition they deserve,” said Floyd Mayweather during a talk with the media on his trip to Japan for his recent exhibition fight against Mikuru Azukura, “This guy can box.”
However, this is not the first time that the former world champion shed hailed Benavidez. Back in March, Mayweather opined him to be the “biggest challenge” for Canelo Alvarez, months after Mayweather alleged his former opponent might be avoiding Benavidez.
“One of the biggest challenges for Canelo, without a doubt, is Benavidez,” Mayweather went on, “Benavidez is different from the others, because he throws a lot of combinations, he is young and he lands a lot of dangerous shots”.
Following the Golovkin fight, Canelo said that he had an injury to his left hand and will undergo surgery and it is unknown when he will return. Benavidez, meanwhile, is waiting to meet his next rival by the end of this year.
‘La Bandera Roja’ is 25 years old and has a record of 26-0 with 23 victories via knockout. Back on 21st May, the Mexican defeated David Lemieux by knockout to be crowned the interim WBC super middleweight champion.