Canelo On Dropping In P4P Rankings: “I Still Feel Like I’m The Best!”

Canelo Alvarez Argues for his Position in the Pound for Pound Rankings

Floyd Mayweather looks over his shoulder at Canelo Alvarez
Floyd Mayweather Jr (L), Saul "Canelo" Alvarez | Tyler Ross/NBAE (L)

Canelo Alvarez Says his Accomplishments Still Warrant Topping the Pound for Pound List

On May 7, four-division world champion and current 168-pound undisputed champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (57-2-2, 39KOs) was supremely outclassed as he took on WBA Super 175-pound champion Dmitry Bivol (20-0, 11KOs). After twelve one-sided rounds, Bivol was declared the winner by unanimous decision.

RELATED: Canelo On Bivol Loss: “I Do Not Believe I Lost More Than 4-5 Rounds!”

Prior to his fight with Bivol, Alvarez reigned as the sport’s pound-for-pound top fighter. However, with this setback he’s dropped a few notches down the rankings. If you ask him, he doesn’t understand why and proclaims he still feels he’s boxing’s best fighter.

Canelo feels no other fighter in the sport is doing what he’s doing by going up and down in weight to face quality opposition. He told DAZN the following:

“The truth is that I don’t know how they handle that kind of thing, but I still feel I’m the best. Tell me another fighter who is trying in other categories, going down and up in weight, wanting to achieve different kinds of things. Nobody has done that.

I do it, I risk everything to keep making history when I don’t need to risk anything. I’ve already achieved so many things. I’m in a position where I don’t have to risk anything, and I still do it, and nobody does that when they are in a position like the one I’m in. So personally, I still feel like I’m the best.”


Alvarez, makes some good points. Not many fighters currently are doing what he’s doing, or maybe they are just not having the success he is. However, if you want to go back in history a little, Floyd Mayweather was known to go up and down in weight challenging the best in other divisions. Mayweather, a former five-division world champion, went up in weight to face Oscar De La Hoya and won the WBC 154-pound title in 2005. After a brief retirement, Mayweather returned in 2007 to face Ricky Hatton, campaigning back at welterweight.

Ironically it was also Mayweather who went up in weight to fight Canelo at a catchweight. He would easily win the fight and claim Alvarez’s WBC and WBA titles in a one-sided boxing lesson back in 2013.


At the end of the day, in order to maintain your status as number one, you must keep winning. It doesn’t matter if you dared to be great and moved up a weight a class. Results are results.

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