Canelo Alvarez is clearly NOT amused by Jake and Logan Paul — saying their foray into boxing is all about money, not glory … and it’s disrespecting the sport.
Logan Paul is set to take on Floyd Mayweather — the only man to have ever defeated Canelo — in an exhibition match in February.
So, TMZ Sports asked Canelo how he felt about the event — considering he’s been calling for a rematch with Floyd for years.
Shocker, Canelo ain’t thrilled about it …
“Ya know, it’s all about the money,” Canelo told us through a translator … “I don’t think we would agree that people that are basketball players, that are YouTubers get licenses. Ya know, I don’t criticize [the Paul brothers]. This is a very risky sport, and if you go up there, it’s very risky.”
With Logan’s brother Jake calling out top fighters for a high-profile boxing match — we asked Canelo if he would be down for a quick payday.
“No,” Canelo said matter of factly … “I truly believe that it’s a lack of respect. It’s all based on money. It’s all for money. I’m focused right now on other projects.”
“I have other stuff going on, and I would invite him for a sparring session so that he truly knows what it’s all about.”
When asked if he felt the Paul brothers were disrespecting the sport — Canelo summed up his feelings this way: “For true fighters, I do believe it is a lack of respect.”
Canelo has achieved both fortune and fame from boxing — not only is he one of the highest paid athletes in the world, he’s also shared the ring with top level opponents.
In fact, he’s taking on undefeated champ Callum Smith on Saturday in a fight Canelo says could be one of the toughest scraps of his career.
Canelo Alvarez Picked Giant Sparring Partners to Replicate Callum Smith Height
Canelo Alvarez is 5’8″. His opponent Callum Smith is 6’3″.
So, to prepare for their main event showdown at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Saturday night … Canelo packed his training camp with super tall sparring partners!!
It’s all captured on the DAZN docu-series “40 Days: Canelo vs. Smith” — which chronicles both fighters as they get ready for the Dec. 19 event, which is available on the streaming platform in 200 countries and territories.
Fun Fact: soccer superstar Harry Kane teamed up with DAZN to executive produce the series.
Of course, Canelo is widely considered one of the top boxers on the planet — he’s 53-1-2 as a pro.
But, Smith ain’t exactly a tomato can — he’s 27-0 and the reigning WBA super-middleweight champ. The fight will ultimately determine who is the #1 super middleweight in the world.
“He’s one of the most difficult opponents I’ve faced,” Canelo said on “40 Days.”
“That’s why I’m training for a tall fighter like him, who’s intelligent, and also as strong as he is. I’m training for that.”
On the other side, Smith brought in some shorter sparring partners for his camp — “Sparring partners that can replicate what Canelo does.”