Canelo Alvarez has fired back at Conor McGregor, after Conor publicly condemned Alvarez for “cherry-picking” his opponents.
While giving a post-fight interview to reporters after UFC 202, Conor used Alvarez as an example of a boxer who ducks his toughest challenges.
Canelo Alvarez has been under fire for surrendering his WBC middleweight championship instead of fighting the mandatory challenger, Gennady Golovkin.
While talks began late last year in an attempt to organize a bout between the two, Alvarez instead opted to surrender his championship and challenge WBO light middleweight champion Liam Smith next month. Following Alvarez’s relinquishing of the title, the WBC immediately recognized the unbeaten Golovkin as their new middleweight champion.
“If you look at the history of the fight game, especially in this new era, it’s full of stars cherry picking their opponents” Conor told reporters after answering a series of questions regarding who his next opponent might be. “But when you look at this Canelo situation, it’s an era of cherry picking” McGregor continued.
Conor may have been getting even with Canelo for comments he had made about him after losing to Nate Diaz at UFC 196. Alvarez released a video in which he attributes Conor’s loss to his over-confidence. Shortly before UFC 202, Alvarez was also spotted wearing a Nate Diaz “I’m not surprised Mo*%#ers” t-shirt and stated publicly that he felt Diaz would win the rematch.