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Floyd Mayweather Responds To Claims Canelo Alvarez Would Beat Floyd In His Prime

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Floyd Mayweather Responds To Claims Canelo Alvarez Would Beat Floyd In His Prime

Floyd Mayweather has responded to Canelo Alvarez's claims that he'd have knocked Mayweather out if the pair had both fought in their primes.

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Alvarez, who fights Billy Joe Saunders on Saturday night, has only one loss on his professional record so far, a loss to Mayweather by majority decision in 2013.

Whilst he was just 23-years-old at the time, the Mexican did have a 42-0-1, one draw, record going into the fight with Mayweather and held the WBC and Ring light middleweight titles.

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Despite being at a good place in his career at the time, Canelo has gone on to even greater heights since and last week claimed in his prime he would knock out Mayweather out.

Now Mayweather has hit back, saying that at 36-years-old he was not longer at his prime, a legitimate claim, and was an 'old man.'

"It's crazy that he said that because when Canelo fought me, he was in his prime and when I fought [him], I was an old man," the undefeated boxer said.

Mayweather, left, watches Canelo at a press conference in 2012 when they were on the same bill. Image: PA Images
Mayweather, left, watches Canelo at a press conference in 2012 when they were on the same bill. Image: PA Images
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In fairness to the two boxing legends, there's a good chance that both men have a point, because at their best, they probably wouldn't be fighting in the same weight divisions.

The two met at light middleweight, which has a limit of 154 lbs, Mayweather had previously won titles at welterweight, super lightweight, lightweight and featherweight, down at 126 lbs.

Even after defeating Canelo, at admittedly a catchweight, 'Money' dropped down to welterweight again in his fights.

His prime was both years before he fought Alvarez and at either 147 or 135 lbs, whereas the opposite is likely true of the Mexican.

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Since his only loss, the 30-year-old has fought 14 more times, winning all but one, his draw with Gennady Golovkin, and won titles at middleweight, super middleweight and even light heavyweight.

Canelo fight Billy Joe Saunders, right, at a much higher weight than when he lost to Mayweather. Image: PA Images
Canelo fight Billy Joe Saunders, right, at a much higher weight than when he lost to Mayweather. Image: PA Images

Undoubtedly he is now in his prime and fighting at his best weight, super middle, is more than 30 lbs heavier than where Mayweather was for his, at 14 lbs heavier than the limit for their fight.

Whilst Canelo looks to add yet another super middleweight title to his name this weekend, against BJS, Mayweather is now involved in all the more uglier scenes.

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The 50-0 boxer is due to face YouTuber Logan Paul in an exhibition fight, four years after retiring following his win over Conor McGregor, and things got out of hand on Thursday night.

During a heated face-to-face, Mayweather made a dig at Paul over his distasteful video in Japan about suicide and later got in a scuffle with Logan's brother Jake.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Boxing, Canelo Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather

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