Sunday Sermon: Canelo’s Greatness

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
John 8:58

Last night Canelo Alvarez made a successful debut for DAZN, stopping Rocky Fielding inside of three rounds.

Canelo Alvarez career has transformed from great to legendary over the past year. He defeated the boogeyman, Gennady Golovkin, in September and signed the largest contract in the history of the sport with DAZN. Not to mention, it being the biggest free agent signing in boxing since Floyd Mayweather left HBO for Showtime in 2013.

The contract, $365 million over 11 fights. That’s basically 10 fights for the next five years, if he stays the course of his normal two fights per year. Want to put it in perspective, Giancarlo Stanton, now with the Yankess, signed a 13-year deal with the Marlins for $325 million before being traded. LeBron James’ contract is only four years, $154 million. Stanton played 158 games last year. James, excluding the playoffs, will probably play around 78-80 games.

Canelo will fight two times a year.

And of course you have your haters already finding a way to discredit Canelo’s win over Rocky Fielding. People seem to forget this was a showcase fight. Please, find an active fighter with a better resume than Canelo Alvarez. Still looking? I’ll wait.

Boy was that some vicious body work.

In back-to-back fights, Canelo stood toe-to-toe with Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Regardless of how you feel about the scores, both fights were close and Canelo never backed down. Canelo, unlike GGG, decided to take another fight this year, putting his body through another grueling training camp, while also moving up in weight. Yet, he gets absolutely no credit.

Would you like some more perspective or insight?

He has 54 fights at the age of 28. Sixteen of those fights have been for World Titles. Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya, respectively, 50 and 45 total fights in their careers. Floyd Mayweather had 14 and De La Hoya 23 World Title fights by the age of 28.

Would you discredit their careers? Probably not. Did they also have showcase fights? Oh yes they did.

Remember when Floyd moved up and beat 9-loss fighter, Carlos Baldomir? Baldomir didn’t win another title or beat another good fighter following the fight.

Remember when Oscar battered Steve Forbes, Arturo Gatti and Patrick Charpentier?

I know you all remember the Conor McGregor fight right?

Boxing is just like every other sport, you need your occasional game against Appalachian State or the Cleveland Browns (unless you’re the Denver Broncos).

Back to his accomplishments. Canelo’s deal will take him to his 33rd birthday. The $350 million dollar contract, combined with previous career earnings, will put him close to $500 million. And what if he goes undefeated over those 10 fights? Just your ordinary 60-plus win career.

All at the age of 33.

Perspective? Wilder is 33-years-old with 40 victories and a reported $25 million net worth. GGG is 36-years-old with 38 victories and a reported $30 million net worth. Canelo has already accomplished more than those gentlemen at age 28. And there’s no way either fighter does anything in the near future to change that.

It’s looking like Canelo will either face GGG for a third time in May or possibly, Danny Jacobs. A win against either man will only cement his already great legacy. However, if he chooses to stay at 168 pounds, Callum Smith and Gilberto Ramirez will be waiting for him. So will the haters if he’s victorious. God forbid he loses anytime soon.

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