Canelo Considers Golovkin Fight Bigger Than Mayweather Fight

By Keith Idec

LAS VEGAS – Canelo Alvarez appreciates all that his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. has done for his career.

The Mexican superstar made what was then a career-high $10 million guarantee for facing Mayweather. Boxing the polarizing pound-for-pound king also enabled Alvarez to become one of the sport’s only consistently productive pay-per-view attractions.

Four years later, however, Alvarez considers his middleweight championship showdown with Gennady Golovkin to be the biggest fight of his nearly 12-year pro career. The former junior middleweight and middleweight champion will earn a career-high purse for challenging Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) on Saturday night and considers this a legacy-defining fight against a dangerous opponent skeptics criticized him for avoiding.


Alvarez assessed the importance of the Mayweather and Golovkin fights while speaking to a group of reporters prior to a press conference Wednesday at MGM Grand.

“The Floyd Mayweather fight was very big and it was a big event,” Alvarez said through a translator. “And at my [young] age at the time, it was one of the biggest and most important. But today, and I’ve been in other big events, I’ve been in other big fights – but this fight, yes, because of all the surroundings, all the back-and-forth and everything that was involved to make this fight, I think so. I think this is biggest fight at this moment. And it came at the right moment.”

Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) considers the fight that resulted in his lone loss to be an invaluable experience, though. He was just 23 years old when he fought Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs), who beat him by majority decision in their 12-round junior middleweight match in September 2013 at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

“Most definitely, I was too young and it showed,” Alvarez said. “But there I can say that what won [the fight for Mayweather] was the experience. But I learned a lot from that fight. So I don’t take it today as a defeat. I take it as an experience. I learned a lot from that fight.”

Mayweather-Alvarez generated approximately 2.2 million buys and roughly $150 million in pay-per-view revenue, a record that since has been broken by Mayweather’s win over Manny Pacquiao in May 2015. Only three bouts in boxing history have produced more pay-per-view buys than Mayweather-Alvarez (Mayweather-Pacquiao, Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya and Mayweather-Conor McGregor).

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by THEFRESHBRAWLER on 09-15-2017

[QUOTE=hugh grant;18047746]Of course this is bigger fight. You was baby when you fight Floyd not even pfp top 30 and was drained. Floyd had every advantage. That was a learning fight[/QUOTE] Coward excuse. Floyd is just the better fighter. Canelo…

Comment by hugh grant on 09-15-2017

Of course this is bigger fight. You was baby when you fight Floyd not even pfp top 30 and was drained. Floyd had every advantage. That was a learning fight

Comment by THEFRESHBRAWLER on 09-15-2017

[QUOTE=sterilizer;18047508]Wow you really love your "man" Floyd, right? You may be even more a woman than I am. Good for you. But reality is, if De la Hoya didn't exist, all those figures you show for Floyd, wouldn't be there…

Comment by sterilizer on 09-15-2017

[QUOTE=THEFRESHBRAWLER;18044294]Floyd vs Mosley 1.4 million ppvs Floyd vs Pacquiao 4.6 million ppvs Oscar vs Mosley2 950k ppvs Oscar vs Pacquiao 1.25 million Floyd has surpassed Oscar in every way he kicked his aśś, all his fighters aśś then stole all…

Comment by CodeBreaker on 09-14-2017

[QUOTE=THEFRESHBRAWLER;18045111]Thats why it's a question mark at the end. Education check please.[/QUOTE] Why would you even ask something that is so out of context? Did anyone ever mention that 37y/o Floyd was in his prime? Lol you're the only one…

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