What makes Canelo so compelling?

Connor McGregor is probably still at the top of the list of the biggest pay-per-view stars in fighting sports.

You can then argue for a few more names: Jorge Masvidal, Gennady Golvkin, and even Kamaru Usman.

However, I would argue in favor of Canelo Alvarez, the Mexican middleweight who is going to fight the light heavyweight because he can.

Arguably, however, Canello is clearly the best and most famous boxer in the world. What makes it so compelling?

When you think about it, what was the last really great canelo fight you remember? Probably the first Golvkin fight that ended in a controversial draw.

Undoubtedly it was a great fight, with both fighters landing some heavily heavy shots and boxing at the highest level we can imagine, but it wasn’t Arturo Gatti-Mickey Ward or even Julio’s toe fight. Cesar Chavez vs. Meldrick Taylor.

Maybe we should go further back in the fight against James Kirkland. It was a fight, and Kirkland had some pop to him, but from the opening hour it seemed that Michael Corleone was playing to the end with Carlo. Godfather d Just coming to give him what we all knew.

Really, for the biggest star in the world, Canelo wasn’t in a great fight.

Canelo Alvarez

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His talent has been a great show. Miguel Cuttack’s victory was exceptional, even against a budding and aging Cuttack.

So is the victory of Aamir Khan. But Khan’s victory sets the template for his recent victories against fighters such as Sergei Kovalev, Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders.

Canello was not particularly involved in that fight. In fact, he’s not a particularly busy fighter these days (during his fights).

He pushes forward, throws his pile driver less frequently than I would like, and pots his opponents with heavy counters and small combos.

A remarkable highlight punctuated by the brutal knockouts of Billy Joe Saunders, Sergei Kovalev and of course Aamir Khan that usually happens at the end.

But before that highlight, it’s Canello pushing forward, chopping wood on the body, and potshopping the opponent with exceptional head movements and perfect timely bombardment from perfect footwork.

As a personal story, I watched Canelo vs. Caleb plant integration fight with a group of friends who were very casual fans of the sport.

We saw most of the cards and we were all off the couch when Anthony Darrell knocked Marcos Hernandez out of the co-op.

Everyone was excited to see the man I sold as the best fighter in the world with his best foot in front of him. Her walkout was awesome and the moment seemed big, even on TV.

Then the fight started. Canelo was shaking, while the plant was shaking and moving, quickly shaking hands.

Canello clearly won the round because of his pressure and effective countering, but it wasn’t an exciting fight.

In round 10 or 11 you can feel the pressure of the canola and it is clear that the resistance of the plants is fading.

Unfortunately, so did my friends. When the fighters returned to their corners after Round 9, a friend said, “It’s kind of a boring fight.”

She was right.

Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant exchange punches during their championship fight.

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Seeing Canello in that fight was worth watching Schindler’s list. Exceptional good craftsmanship. Its movement is almost poetic, so one foot rarely makes a mistake. He is clearly a master at his craft, working at the top of his power. Although he is above all, the moment seems historic.

But you never want to see or feel that moment again.

I’m not saying that Canelo is a boring fighter, e.g. Schindler’s list Not a boring film, because his knockouts are superb and his skills are so sharp, his strength is like a heavyweight, and his legs and head move perfectly together.

He is almost the perfect warrior. But it is the perfection that is almost monotonous.

He’s not the first big-time pay-per-view draw to be a boring fighter. In fact, the man he called the world’s greatest pay-per-view fighter, Floyd Mayweather, has often been accused of being annoying.

But Mayweather was an English speaker, a great trash ticker and a showman. He was also an authentic villain, wearing a black hat with impunity.

Canelo is not one of those things. His broken English was so dear that the language was confronted by Mayweather’s armor and often overshadowed by darkness.

Mayweather was credibly accused of horrific domestic violence, and regularly exhibited a backward attitude towards femininity and masculinity, where Canello is a family man who does nothing but recover while living with his family.

Alvarez advised his son All access Never be afraid to cry or show her emotions during showtimes.

I’m willing to bet Mayweather’s total value that Mayweather never had this conversation with his children.

Outside of that, Mayweather called himself ‘Money’ Mayweather and was obsessed with material resources. Towards the end of his career he spent more time talking about his fights than about his Rolex watches, Bugatis and palaces.

Canelo seems to like material things too, but he is less obsessed with talking about it. He talked about inheritance, greatness and family.

So what makes Canello so compelling? Beside his knockout, it is his ambition and the principle of his work against villains and controversy

In recent years, Canelo has taken up the challenge strongly. Early in his career, when he was directed by Oscar de la Hoa, he was flexible in taking on challenges.

He has refused to fight Golvkin for more than a year, saying he cannot reach the medium weight limit of 160 pounds. He’s fighting at 175 this week.

But since Golvkin’s fight, even before that with Cotto and a little bit before the fight, there is no challenge that he didn’t like the look.

Canelo GGG

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He fought, and in my view he won the match again with Golvkin and since then he has fought champion after champion.

Danny Jacobs was a potential concern that he would have easily resolved if not decisively, then he went to 175 and ruthlessly knocked out Sergei Kovalev.

He then ripped through Calum Smith’s biceps bone with a pure blunt force blow. The less said about Avni Yildirum the better.

But then he smashed Billy Joe Saunders’ face with an uppercut and eventually he consolidated the Super Middleweight division with an easy win against Caleb Plant.

He’s running at the moment which makes you think of Robert De Niro between 1974 and 1984, tearing up classic performances after classical performances: Godfather 2, Taxi driver, Deer hunter, Raging bull, King of comedy And Once upon a time in America. That is the battle of Avni Yıldırım New York, New York Equivalent.

In that race of battles, he yo-yod between 160 and 175, finally combining 168, easily and consistently taking on the biggest challenges in a way that the next career Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather did not simply do, and he did. It is with comfort and grace.

This week he is again taking on the biggest challenge, battling the world’s most talented lightweight without a potential Arthur Betterbive.

Other than that, he refuses to be with a preacher or broadcaster like Mayweather, he walks around in promotional attire as he sees fit, even though he knows he always has a home with Eddie Horn and DAZN.

That’s the vaulting ambition I like among fighters. The purest example of canelo.

He wants the biggest fight, that’s what he thinks. He doesn’t talk like Paul Malignagi, he doesn’t fight like Chavez, and he doesn’t bother like Mayweather.

What he does – what he cares about – is to fight the best and beat them within an inch of their lives.

Knockouts are just cherries on top.

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