Many fans are asking: “What’s next for Canelo Alvarez?”.
First off, we must give credit where credit is due and acknowledge that Canelo was the bigger draw on this Saturday’s @ShoSports PPV. Canelo fans outnumbered Mayweather fans during the 10 city press tour, the weigh-ins, and during the fight at #TheOne PPV. He might actually have the biggest fan base in boxing right now.
Also, we can’t forget that @CaneloPower is only 23 years old with a record of 44-1-1 and 30 KOs. And he’s improved dramatically since his first appearance on US soil when he was 19 and took on 34-1 Jose Cotto.
Last night, Canelo lost to the very best P4P fighter on the planet in Floyd “Money” Mayweather. A loss in which he was not hurt at any point during the fight and he didn’t suffer the type of devastating loss that could hurt his future career (like Vargas vs Trinidad). What we saw was the inexperience of Canelo and the inability of his corner to adjust to Floyd Mayweather during 12 rounds get exposed. His loss to Floyd Mayweather last night was more on the mental side of boxing than the physical side.
Judging by the maturity and class Alavarez showed after his loss to Mayweather, this is the type of loss that Saul will learn from. Saul and his corner went into the fight relying on their size and power to defeat Floyd. Now more than ever, #TeamCanelo will realize that they have to work on being smarter in the ring, and in coming up with better strategies and adjustments in their corner.
Saul’s huge fan base isn’t going anywhere, and they are great for the sport of boxing. They should find comfort in knowing that they have a lot to look forward to, being that Canelo will most likely peak from the age of 25 to 30 and at 154-160 lbs. And he’ll be peaking at the right time. By the time Alvarez is 25, all time greats such as Mayweather, Pacquiao, Martinez, Cotto and Marquez will be on their way out of the sport, and that will leave the door open for someone like Saul Alvarez to become the face of boxing in the near future.