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Canelo Alvarez accuses Floyd Mayweather of diminishing boxing’s credibility

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Two-time world champion Canelo Alvarez has reiterated his intent to exact revenge on rival Floyd Mayweather in a bid to secure a bout with the undefeated legend in the near future.

Alvarez has publicly criticised Mayweather on numerous occasions for diminishing the credibility of boxing with ‘Money’s’ recent exploits in the ring being at the forefront of the Mexican’s argument.

Mayweather defeated Conor McGregor last year in a farcical clash which saw the American take home over $100 million.

‘Money’ will have an exhibition bout with 5ft 4in Japanese fighter Tenshin Nasukawa on December 31 and is expected to walk away with $88 million as the 41-year-old continues to prolong his career in the ring.

Alvarez has said he expects to make weight at 168 pounds, the limit for the super middleweight division, and said that even though he’s at his best, he is willing to continue learning and working toward making history in the sport.

Mayweather recently aimed a shot at the Mexican by claiming his victory in 2013 was some of 'the easiest work' he has had.

Naturally, Canelo hasn't wasted much time to respond and took the opportunity to criticise his old rival's latest return to the ring.

"The truth is, I have nothing to say to him. He's bothered, but I don't know why," Alvarez told TMZ.

"In reality, he said he was old but I was too young to take that fight. Those are just arguments that he can have, and I can have as well. We can keep talking, but it looks like it's getting to him.

"I don't even know what's happening [with Mayweather's exhibition fight], I haven't got the slightest idea of what he's intending to do with that.

He continued: “For a long time, since the first loss I had against him, they always ask me (about a second fight with Mayweather), and there’s a thorn in there.

“I would love to have an opportunity for revenge and be able to show other things at this point in my career. I think with more experience, it would be very different.

“I would love (revenge), but he is a retired boxer who comes and goes. He is taking care of his own things. We know how he is, but if there is a possibility and he wants to return to boxing and he wants to make this fight, I would love it.

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“For boxing, it would be great, and he would give boxing something worth watching. Lately the only thing he has done is lower the credibility of the sport with the fights he has fought. It would be good to have a rematch with him.”

Alvarez, 28, will step in the ring with Britain’s Rocky Fielding at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, a bout in which he is the huge odds-on favourite to win.

It is the first contest for Alvarez since he beat Gennady Golovkin at middleweight in September and his first since signing a £278 million five-year-fight deal with DAZN.

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