Arum: Canelo was clearly not ready for Floyd
MANILA, Philippines – Top Rank Promotions chief executive Bob Arum was not surprised to see American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. thoroughly dismantle his young Mexican opponent, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, last September 14.
The 23-year-old Alvarez, who is hugely popular in Mexico, was expected to give Mayweather a tough challenge because of his size advantage against the unbeaten superstar. But using his superior defensive skills and speed, Mayweather completely dominated the fight.
“He just wasn’t ready,” Arum told Tha Boxing Voice while discussing the Mayweather-Alvarez fight.
“That’s not to say he couldn’t be a great fighter in the future, and he would possibly be ready to fight somebody down the line,” he added. “But he’s not a schooled fighter, and therefore, it was clearly going to be a non-competitive fight.”
Arum noted that “most people,” including the boxing media, expected the Mayweather-Alvarez fight to be a competitive affair.
“But those people in the know knew it wasn’t, and that Canelo wasn’t nearly ready to fight Mayweather,” said Arum.
“Where was the press in realizing that Canelo, other than his fight with (Austin) Trout, who is an ordinary fighter, has never fought anybody?” he added.
Alvarez, despite his size advantage, was never able to press the action against Mayweather. The American dictated the pace of the bout for 12 rounds, yet shockingly, could only manage a majority decision victory.