Floyd Mayweather suggests Canelo Alvarez’s next opponent: ‘We want to see Benavidez’
The former WBC super middleweight champion could be a future rival.
Floyd Mayweather scorned Canelo Alvarez’s talked-about plan to move up to cruise weight.
Last year, the undisputed Mexican super middleweight champion defeated Caleb Plant to claim the fourth and final belt at 168 pounds. His trainer Eddy Reynoso then announced that he would face Ilunga Makabu at cruiserweight in May for the WBC Championship.
Obviously, that plan didn’t pan out, and Canelo will instead fight Dmitry Bivol for the WBA (super) light heavyweight championship on Saturday, streamed live on DAZN PPV in the US and Canada. (Check availability in your area)
Assuming Canelo wins, he would then have to fight Gennadiy Golovkin for a trilogy rematch at 168 pounds. Mayweather feels he shouldn’t consider another opponent, with David Benavidez the next ideal opponent.
Benavidez was the WBC super middleweight champion before quitting for missing the weight before a fight.
“He’s going up to cruising weight, he’s fighting a guy who’s really not, ugh, the guy is high and low,” Mayweather said, talkSPORT reported.
“If it was up to me, we want to see Benavidez. Canelo is a hell of a fighter, but in my opinion he dodges David Benavidez. This is only my personal opinion and I have the right to say what I think.
“He goes all the way to cruiserweight. I don’t knock it, but that same guy was at Mayweather Boxing Gym. The guys were really getting the best of him at Mayweather Boxing Gym.
“He’s going up in quotes ‘cruiserweight’ – David Benavidez could beat that same guy…
“We want to see Benavidez. Make sure that this happens.”