Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez is shaking his head at the recently finalized exhibition fight between former five division world champion Floyd Mayweather and Youtuber Logan Paul – which takes place on February 20th on pay-per-view.
Mayweather handed Canelo his only career defeat, a one-sided twelve round decision in September of 2013.
Canelo views all of these bouts, like Mayweather-Paul, as money-grabs.
“Ya know, it’s all about the money,” Canelo told TMZ through a translator … “I don’t think we would agree that people that are basketball players, that are YouTubers [should] get [boxing] licenses. Ya know, I don’t criticize. This is a very risky sport, and if you go up there, it’s very risky.”
With Logan’s brother, Jake Paul, calling out top fighters for a high-profile boxing match — Canelo made it clear that he would not be down for a quick payday.
“No,” Canelo said… “I truly believe that it’s a lack of respect. It’s all based on money. It’s all for money. I’m focused right now on other projects.”
“I have other stuff going on, and I would invite him for a sparring session so that he truly knows what it’s all about.”
Canelo views these exhibition bouts as being disrespectful to the sport.
“For true fighters, I do believe it is a lack of respect,” Canelo said.
Canelo returns to the ring on Saturday night, when he faces WBA super middleweight champion Callum Smith at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Noel Galang – Kamao TV