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Mayweather Praises Canelo For Refusing WBA Shot

By Rick Reeno

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has praised his most recent opponent, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, for refusing to face Erislandy Lara for the WBA's "'regular" junior middleweight title. The World Boxing Association has multiple champions in several divisions. Mayweather also holds the WBA's title at 154, but the sanctioning body regards him as the "super champion."

Mayweather decisioned Canelo last September in Las Vegas. And while Canelo is still going to fight Lara on July 12th at the MGM Grand, the Mexican star refused to have the WBA title at stake because he views Mayweather as the real WBA champion of the junior middleweight division.

"I can't do nothing but take my hat off to the guy, because he is stepping up to the plate. That's how we clean up the sport. Even the Shane Mosley thing, the move that he made I can respect that. When Shane was the WBA champion. I didn't fight him for his belt, but when I beat him - technically he wasn't really the WBA welterweight champion so he relinquished the belt. Stuff like that I can respect. I take my hat off to guys , because that's called cleaning up the sport of boxing," Mayweather said.

Mayweather wants the fighters to come together and eliminate all of these "regular" titles and "interim" titles and "silver" titles. 

"I total disagee with that interim belt stuff. I totally disagree. They need to get that out of boxing. They talk about cleaing up the sport. If I'm going to be in the sport - interim belts need to get out of boxing. These guys get thinking they are real champions. Two guys carrying the same belt in the ring and they are like 'which one is the champion.' As far as the interim-belts, we need to get that out of boxing," Mayweather said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by g-wane on 04-30-2014

[QUOTE=handsome1-1;14484231]Canelo will never be the best so what's the point even watching him and paying for tickets ... He looked his worse when he fought like a chicken against Floyd ...[/QUOTE] once idiot like you stop watching boxing it will…

Comment by Dr Kewl Hair on 04-30-2014

[QUOTE=handsome1-1;14484231]Canelo will never be the best so what's the point even watching him and paying for tickets ... He looked his worse when he fought like a chicken against Floyd ...[/QUOTE] so the only fights you watch are Mayweather fights?…

Comment by nycsmooth on 04-30-2014

2 me, Alvarez is an after thought...FM made sense w/his thoughts, mainly the interim titles, which wbc really pushes, ie: Rubio the interim but Martinez defends vs Cotto Jun 7....where's the logic???More sanctioning fee $$$ 4 Sulaiman...

Comment by Cinci Champ on 04-30-2014

[QUOTE=handsome1-1;14484231]Canelo will never be the best so what's the point even watching him and paying for tickets ... He looked his worse when he fought like a chicken against Floyd ...[/QUOTE] who are you to define what canelo can or…

Comment by handsome1-1 on 04-30-2014

Canelo will never be the best so what's the point even watching him and paying for tickets ... He looked his worse when he fought like a chicken against Floyd ...

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