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Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Canelo Alvarez Faces Jermell Charlo This Saturday for the 168-pound Title

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
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One of the Greats

Canelo is unquestionably one of the top boxers in the present era…

I’m the undisputed champion in my household because my 5-foot-3-inch girlfriend, who weighs 150lbs doesn’t stand a chance. Yes, I have four belts, and they’re in multiple colors to match different pairs of jeans. With that said, can I compare myself to Saul Canelo Alvarez? Hell no! So, can we please stop comparing Jermell Charlo, who isn’t even ranked in the P4P top-10, to the Mexican legend?

So, this may have been an extreme analogy, and a sh*t one at that, but holding four belts as an undisputed champion doesn’t automatically give Jermell Charlo the right to be mentioned in the same breath as Canelo Alvarez.

I’ll refrain from rambling on why Charlo isn’t close to Canelo’s achievements, but that isn’t why we’re here. Also, and luckily for fight fans, the boxing news confirmed the Canelo/Charlo bout and the two will face off on September 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Just for the record, win or lose, Charlo still won’t possess the accomplishments and legacy of Canelo.

And with that said, to honor one of the greatest athletes and competitors in combat sports history, let’s preview the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Canelo Alvarez’s professional fighting career.

Canelo Alvarez: The Good

Canelo stands out as one of the rare fighters who have skilfully maneuvered through different weight classes, amassing multiple belts in the process. His remarkable achievements have solidified his status among the all-time greats.

Throughout the years, numerous notable fighters have also ascended through weight divisions and achieved significant triumphs. Here, we highlight some of the most accomplished multi-weight world champions in the pound-for-pound rankings so that you can understand the company Canelo keeps:

•   Roy Jones Jr
•   ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard
•   Floyd Mayweather
•   Manny Pacquiao

Canelo is unquestionably one of the top boxers in the present era. By the time he concludes his career, I am certain he will be mentioned alongside the most noteworthy boxing legends in sports history. He stands out among his contemporaries, as he possesses the skills and talent that rival those of the all-time greats.

The accomplishments he has achieved and continues to achieve are irrefutable, surpassing any other active boxer. It is without a doubt that Canelo rightfully deserves to be ranked at the pinnacle of the current pound-for-pound rankings. As for his placement in the all-time pound-for-pound list, that discussion can be revisited once his career reaches its culmination. I firmly believe that Canelo Alvarez can accomplish many more remarkable feats.

Canelo Alvarez: The Bad

By default, the title of our ‘The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly’ articles force me to look beyond the greatness of each athlete we cover. But seriously, how do I find the bad in Canelo? Like, come on, give me a break.

Okay, haters, I’ll feed your nonsense. Canelo has two losses on his professional record, one of whom was Floyd “Money” Mayweather.

I suppose I’ll consider this “bad.” But honestly, there’s nothing bad about losing to the most talented defensive boxer to have ever lived, who retired undefeated.

How about a second helping of hate? Don’t worry, haters, I got you.

A loss to Dmitry Bivol, “bad,” sure, ok. Perhaps the attempt to become a three-weight division titleholder was a bit much, but still, we’re yet to see Canelo lying on the canvas. He’s lost fights, and that’s undeniable, but he’s never been dominated to the point where we can question his greatness.

Valid excuses, and you know what, I believe every word. Run it back, Canelo unanimous decision.

Canelo Alvarez: The Ugly

He doesn’t party; his ego rarely falls out of place; he’s an upstanding human with a loveable personality. The word “ugly” and Canelo don’t cooperate in the same sentence. Scour the boxing rumors and Google search Canelo’s name, and you’ll find nothing but boxing accomplishments and humorous moments from his career.

If you want to see ugly, fear not; if Charlo walks out of the T-Mobile Arena with a victory, the scenes in my living room after betting online in favor of Canelo will be uglier than Jake Paul’s “pro” boxing record.

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