Floyd Mayweather brought about the referee’s stoppage in round ten on Saturday night, but according to Oscar De La Hoya, “Canelo” Alvarez would have finished Conor McGregor much earlier.
Even if you don’t follow boxing, then chances are you’re still aware of Canelo Alvarez. After all, the Mexican fighter is one of the biggest names in combat sports, and he’s getting set to fight Gennady Golovkin on September 16th (which is a huge, huge fight).
Well, De La Hoya was fiery, vocal critic of Mayweather – McGregor (although, the legendary boxer was open to Alvarez fighting McGregor last year), and he was a guest on the latest “MMA Hour”. While discussing Mayweather’s win over McGregor, De La Hoya had this to say (quote via MMA Fighting):
“After seeing Saturday’s fight, Canelo probably would have knocked [McGregor] out in one round or two rounds,” De La Hoya said. “Canelo is a knockout guy, he’s a guy who’s not gonna trick people into making a fight last longer than it should last.”
“MMA fighters are amazing fighters and I respect them dearly and boxing fighters are boxers. That’s just the bottom line.”
It’s hard to say what would have happened if it had been Canelo vs. McGregor. But, there’s no denying that Alvarez can crack. McGregor has received a lot of praise for the boxing skills he showcased on Saturday, especially since many people had him winning the first three rounds. But, while discussing that, De La Hoya offered this take:
“Because Mayweather let him,” De La Hoya said. “The first four of five rounds, he let him do that. … The punches are coming from different angles. It was a bit awkward to watch, actually.”
Other people have certainly floated this argument since Saturday. Was Mayweather coasting to make it seem like a more competitive fight? Or was he being cautious, studying McGregor, and waiting until the latter was fatigued and not as dangerous?