Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez says he needs just one hand to beat Conor McGregor in a crossover contest.
The Mexican is on the receiving end of such call outs often, having laughed off propositions from the likes of Jake Paul and Kamaru Usman in the past.
McGregor is not to be deterred though, and believes he beats the undisputed super-middleweight champion easily after spotting flaws when he’s in with someone who can utilise the southpaw stance.
This week, the former double UFC champion took to social media to praise his former opponent, Floyd Mayweather, for his performance against Alvarez – a majority decision back in 2013.
McGregor then claimed he landed more punches than Canelo did.
“One of the greatest performances in professional boxing this was. I landed more shots on Floyd than Canelo. I’d love another go.”
Canelo caught wind of the analysis and responded.
“I just need one hand with you and I don’t need to throw so many punches.”
I just need one hand with you and I don’t need to throw so many punches 🤣 https://t.co/Iq8GQ1nI3L
— Canelo Alvarez (@Canelo) October 17, 2023
The crossover contest branded ‘MayMac’ or ‘The Money Fight’ recorded the second highest PPV revenue in the history of the sport. Many people felt the American pleased the crowd by not giving it 100% during the rounds.
Official CompuBox numbers – admittedly not always completely accurate – show Canelo landing 117 shots on Mayweather whilst McGregor landed 111.
‘The Best Ever’ landed 232 on the Mexican and 170 on the Irishman – although he did stop McGregor in the tenth round, and it was four years later when he was 40.
This exchange is just the latest between Canelo and McGregor, who have been back and forth about a fight before. As two of the biggest names in combat sports, there’s no doubt that it would have a similar appeal to the UFC star’s previous effort.