Mexican boxing superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez appears to have taken a dislike to MMA counterpart Conor McGregor.
In speaking to FightHub, Alvarez joined the likes of Floyd Mayweather in inviting UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor to challenge him in the sweet science. Like Mayweather, Canelo has developed a slight history with the Irishman, and those recent interactions have angered him to the extent that he told media of his desire to settle the score in the ring.
At the same time, McGregor shared his frustration with the likes of Canelo for ‘cherry-picking’ their opponents.
“When they hold a position of power, when they get a name, all of a sudden they pick weaker opponents. They look down their division. Nobody looks up a division. Nobody looks at true challenges. When you look at this Canelo situation, it’s an era of cherry picking,” McGregor told the Los Angeles Times.
The 26-year-old naturally took offence to those comments.
“I’ve been fighting the best since I was 23, since a very young age, that’s the last thing he could ever speak about me or say about me, but I understand, there’s people out there that like to talk nonsense and stupidity,” Alvarez told the same source.
Not content with confronting McGregor’s “nonsense”, he now wants to do so in person.
“If he wants to meet, let’s try out boxing anytime he wants. If he wants to come over to this side of the world and box, he’ll see it’s not as easy as he thinks.”
Canelo defeated Amir Khan (who has also called out ‘The Notorious’) in his last outing, and next faces England’s Liam Smith on September 17.
(Video via FightHub)