Roberto Duran says Canelo Alvarez = greatest Mexican fighter EVER if he wins 5th division title at cruiserweight

Boxing superstar Roberto Duran says Canelo Alvarez will probably be the greatest Mexican boxer in the sport’s history if he rises to cruiserweight and wins his fifth world title by defeating WBC champion Ilunga Mappabo on May 7.

To become the greatest Mexican boxer of all time, Canelo must become the undisputed at 175 wt cruiserweight. Also, he would need to stop picking cherries and fight all the fans who thought he was avoiding like the plague.

In Duran’s eyes, Canelo would have done something special by defeating 34-year-old Macabo (28-2, 25 KO) to win a world title in the Fifth Division. Unfortunately for Canelo, the boxing public was not impressed with his victory over Macapo because he is not held in high esteem.

In order for Canelo to impress well-informed boxing fans in terms of passionate enthusiasts for the sport, he would need to defeat Lawrence Okolie and Mairis Briedis as a baseline.

To truly impress the masses, Canelo would need to become the undisputed champ in cruiserweight and light heavyweight division. Since he’s not expected to do any of these things, you can’t say that he deserves to be called the greatest Mexican fighter ever.

Rotation: It would be better for Canelo to move to the top

Roberto Duran thinks Canelo will do better in transitioning to cruiser weight because he won’t have to lose weight to reach his 168-pound limit.

There is a limit to how well Canelo would do if he chose to stay at cruiserweight after his fight with WBC champ Ilunga Makabu on May 7.

If Canelo chooses to fight a level A and B cruiser weight, he will start taking the penalty and start losing more frequently.

At 5’8, the Canelo would be too small to mix in with the weight of a quality cruiser, and would likely be knocked out over and over again. Canelo could do well for a long time in the cruiser weight if he stayed away from these fighters:

  • Lawrence neighborhood
  • Myris Predis
  • Noelle Gevor
  • Arsen Goulamirian
  • Lionel Dorticos

I don’t think Canelo defeats any of these guys, and if he did, he would absorb a huge amount of punishment along the way. These fighters will get their hands on Canelo and take advantage of his low work rate.

The cruiser weight division is poor when you pass the top four or five fighters in the weight class.

Canelo would need to worry about a small handful of cruiserweight fighters. But if he could deflect them, he would win a title and keep it for a long time.

One of the downsides to Canelo staying on the cruiserweight is that he won’t fight anyone famous. Boxing fans won’t be excited to watch his fights against that obscure division’s opposition.

Even if Canelo climbs to 175, he’ll run into problems as he starts battling the division’s top talent. He can do well if he chooses to cherry pick as he did in 168, but if he tries to fight the best in 175, he loses.

“I think it’s good because he probably can’t gain weight anymore, and he’s moving to fight new weight,” Roberto Duran said to fight new weight on Canelo Alvarez channel.

“I think he’d actually do better. I think it’s a good move for him,” Doran said in giving his approval for Canelo to go up to the Cruiserweight.

“I wouldn’t say crazy, but maybe he can’t gain the weight he’s dropping to anymore. When asked if Canelo was crazy about wanting to go up to cruiser weight, he said he wanted to move around to feel stronger, but on the other side, I wouldn’t say crazy,” said Doran. Canelo is big and strong, and it hits hard.

“So the weight of the cruiser is not bad for him because the majority of the weight of the cruiser is close to its size. I don’t consider it a bad thing. I think it’s good,” Doran said of Canelo.

Canelo can’t be hit in the cruiserweight

“The only thing he needs to be careful of is not to get hit,Doran said when asked what Canelo should be wary of. “Remember, when the weight goes up, the guys hit harder.

“When another boxer is fighting at the age of 180, this boxer is not a 180. He goes down from 190 to 180. Canelo goes from 170 to 180. He will reduce the men he will fight, and they can get stronger,” Doran said.

“The only thing he has to do is be careful not to get hit. That is. I would place him as one of the best players ever from Mexico,” said Duran when asked about Canelo’s ranking if he wins a Class 5 world title in cruiserweight.

As long as Canelo isn’t battling any of the talented cruiser weights, he’ll be fine.

He has an excellent chance of taking down WBC champ Ilunga Makabu, but only because he’s a limited fighter and not near the top of the division.

Canelo will move to the cruiserweight level only to pick the title from the weakest link among the champions in the division.

This is another reason why you can’t say Canelo is the greatest Mexican fighter ever because the real greats from Mexico didn’t pick.

Many boxing fans think Canelo is more like an American boxer than a Mexican because he chooses the same way his opponents as Floyd Mayweather Jr.

You can’t compare Canelo to the greatest Mexican fighters of all time or even the great Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran. Look at the men Duran battled late in his career well above his normal weight class: Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, Ray Leonard, Iran Barkley, Hector “Macho” Camacho, and William Jobe.

In contrast, Canelo will not fight until David Benavidez, Germal Charlo, David Morrell Jr. and Demetrius Andrade.

Despite the huge contrast DAZN gave Canelo, he chose not to present Gennady with Golovkin in the third fight despite it being a fight that the broadcast giant and the boxing public wanted. Why didn’t Canelo give DAZN the fight they wanted in a GGG fight? Was it fear?

Doran was a different kind of person than Canelo. If Roberto Duran had worn Canelo boots, would he have fought Golovkin to please DAZN? Would he even need to ask him?

Doran says Canillo is one of the best Mexico has to offer

“It might be hard for some to swallow, but I put it as one of the best Mexico has ever known Up until this point,” Doran said. “After Canelo, no one has appeared yet.

“He’s the man of the hour and Mexico’s fame, making money is Canelo. There’s no one else. No one else.”

“For me, Canelo is currently the best. There is no one like Canelo. They say the plant has fallen. I don’t think so, but he makes millions and can fight an animal if he wants to,” said Doran.

Canelo is one of the best, but maybe not the best. There were a lot of great Mexican fighters who came before Canelo, and what distinguished them was that they were willing to fight anyone.

They didn’t pick the cherries, which many feel Canelo did and still does.

Cherry picking, catch weights, rehydration conditions and Canelo’s positive test for the banned substance Clenbuterol from 2018 make it impossible to say he is the best Mexican fighter in history.

This writer ranks these fighters as the best in the history of Mexico:

1. Salvador Sanchez
2. Julio Cesar Chavez
3. Carlos Zarate
4. Robin Olivares
5. Canelo Alvarez

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