Why Is Jaime Munguia The Most Deserving To Fight Canelo?

Canelo Praises Munguia for Earning This Fight

Canelo Alvarez appreciates respect given to him by Jaime Munguia
Canelo Alvarez grants Jaime Munguia a fight for being respectful (credit: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, Esther Lin)

Jaime Munguia Earned a Canelo Fight By Being Respectful

Undisputed super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (60-2-2, 39KO) will be making his fourth defense of the undisputed crown against Jaime Munguia (43-0, 34KO). The Mexican mega-star likes how the one-time WBO champion Munguia earned the right to fight him.

Boxing fans still remember the rollercoaster ride they had to endure during the negotiating process to make Alvarez versus Munguia. With the fight set to take place on May 4, several fans are disappointed, feeling that he is ducking two-time WBC champion David Benavidez.

During the first press conference, Canelo expressed a certain admiration for his upcoming opponent for earning the fight the right way.

“I know I said I wouldn’t fight against another Mexican. But, someone respectful like Munguia, who earned this chance fight after fight, giving it his all. It’s something that I’m glad we were able to make happen. I hope that everyone can see how this is going to be great for everybody involved and for Mexico in particular.”


Munguia was given a huge push by the Mexican fanbase after spectacularly defeating John Ryder on January 27. In addition, many pundits believed he was on the verge of taking Alvarez’s fanbase.

The problem with the undisputed champion’s statement is that Benavidez has done way more than Munguia. He may not be as respectful compared to the former one-time WBO junior middleweight champion, but why should that matter? Yes, Munguia has shown a high level of respect because he used to idolize Canelo. However, since when has that justified ignoring accolades earned by competing in the ring?

It is widely known that Canelo can largely dictate who he faces, and that has been made clear here. But as the face of boxing, choosing fights based on loose criteria such as this will not go without critique.

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for 3kingsboxing.com as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."