Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has learned from his mistakes against Floyd Mayweather Jr and is on course to end up on a very selective list of fighters.
That is the verdict of WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, who has praised Alvarez for the way he bounced back from a first defeat – and tipped him to further enhance his legacy before hanging up the gloves.
The Mexican superstar’s solitary loss as a pro came back in September 2013, as he came out on the wrong side of a points verdict after going 12 rounds with the undefeated Mayweather.
Sulaiman feels that, at 23, Canelo was not ready for such a challenge at that stage in his career but has recovered impressively to build a case to be viewed as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.
His impressive record includes a points win in a rematch with middleweight rival Gennadiy Golovkin – their first meeting ended as a split-decision draw – while his most recent bout saw him step up to light-heavyweight to stop WBO champion Sergey Kovalev.
Speaking to Stats Perform News courtesy of @trcksuits, Sulaiman explained how Alvarez – who does not turn 30 until July – has time on his side to further his reputation.
“He’s still building his legacy,” the WBC chief said. “He’s young, he’s active and he’s hungry to be and become the greatest.
“He learned from his mistakes. He fought Floyd Mayweather when he was too young and that could have ended his career.
“But then he focused, he came back, he learned from that fight and now has evolved into a very mature, highly competitive world-presence fighter.
“I think when his career is over, we’re going to have Canelo Alvarez in a very selective list of fighters from history.”
Alvarez had appeared set to fight again in May this year, only for the coronavirus pandemic to put a hold on his future plans.