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3. Is Canelo the greatest boxer on the planet?
On the evening before Cinco de Mayo, probably the most important Mexican holiday, crowds of fans will gather in front of the screens to celebrate their darling, and not just in Canelo's homeland. Saul Alvarez is not just a superstar in Mexico. It is also the biggest name in the USA, by far the most important market: With the exception of the exhibition match between Mayweather and Conor McGregor, no other boxing match has been able to scratch a Canelo's pay-per-view numbers in recent years.
But the rest of the world may still be a bit behind. That could also have been a reason why the 28-year-old turned his back on the pay-per-view fights and signed with DAZN for a total of eleven fights. So it can attract new fans who would be put off by a PPV price of maybe $ 80 or $ 90. That - and of course the sum of 365 million dollars that DAZN guarantees him for the fights.
After Mayweather's resignation and Manny Pacquiao's late career, there was a gap, Anthony Joshua is just in the starting blocks of his career and needs more big fights. Canelo has everything to become number one: a massive fan base, international appeal, an extremely attractive fighting style with lots of action and tough knockouts.
His big plus: He's not afraid of big opponents. Miguel Cotto, Amir Khan, Genady Golovkin twice. He once took on too much when he faced Mayweather at the age of only 23 and after twelve rounds two judges decided against him. As a boxing fan, you couldn't ask for anything better.
So if Canelo isn't the biggest boxer right now, he should be soon. After all, it not only offers spectacular, but also damn good boxing. He dominates the pound-for-pound rankings together with Vasiliy Lomachenko and Terrence Crawford, but in terms of popularity they can't keep up with him.
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