McGregor and Canelo Alvarez Exchange Heated Words After Mayweather Comparison
A fiery online exchange unfolded between two combat sports icons, Conor McGregor and Canelo Alvarez, after McGregor drew comparisons between Alvarez’s performance against Floyd Mayweather and his own.
McGregor stoked the fire by sharing a video clip of Mayweather’s 2013 victory over Alvarez, where he praised Mayweather and pointed out that Mayweather “landed more shots” against Alvarez. In response, Alvarez quipped, “I just need one hand with you, and I don’t need to throw so many punches,” accompanied by a laughing emoji.
Interestingly, McGregor’s assertion holds some merit. According to Compubox statistics from their respective encounters with Mayweather, McGregor landed 26 percent of his punches and 28 percent of his jabs during their 2017 “Money Fight.” In contrast, Alvarez managed to land 22 percent of his punches and 15 percent of his jabs in the 2013 bout. However, Alvarez held the upper hand in power punches, connecting with 31 percent of his shots compared to McGregor’s 25 percent.
Not one to back down, McGregor responded to Alvarez’s comment with his signature bravado. “Saul, you uncooked chicken, I’ll stomp the ligaments out of your knee joint. I don’t even need hands to end you; I’ll kick you raw pink, leaving you looking like you were left out in the sun too long—haha freckle arse. I will see you, and we will see. Canelo is a cornflake, no sugar.”
Canelo Alvarez continues to be a coveted opponent for various fighters from the MMA and influencer world. UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman attempted to generate interest in a matchup with the multiple-title-winning super middleweight champion, who recently defended his belts impressively against Jermell Charlo. Even YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul has extended a callout, further solidifying his legitimacy in the boxing realm.
While McGregor’s next move remains uncertain, he is expected to return to the octagon for a bout against Michael Chandler sometime in the coming year. However, the exact timeline is unclear, given the recent separation between the UFC and its long-time drug testing partner, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, due to differences in testing expectations for the former champion.