Usman (20-1 MMA, 15-0 UFC) is eager to step in the ring with Alvarez in a matchup that would pit the two pound-for-pound No. 1 fighters in their respective sports. But Usman needs UFC president Dana White’s approval, who’s seemingly not on board.
White helped co-promote “The Money Fight” between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather in 2017, which ended up being one of the highest-selling pay-per-views of all time. McGregor put up a valiant effort but was ultimately stopped by Mayweather in Round 10. Cormier said Mayweather likely carried McGregor throughout the fight, something he absolutely doesn’t see Alvarez doing.
“Kamaru’s my brother. I love him to death, and I would love for him to get the bag,” Cormier said on his ESPN show “DC & RC.” “But the reality is this: You cannot fight Canelo Alvarez. And let me tell you one reason: The main reason you can’t fight Canelo (is that) Canelo is a Mexican fighter with a ton of pride. He ain’t gonna carry him like many people believe Floyd Mayweather did for Conor McGregor. Canelo will try to hurt you.”
Usman explained that a fight between him and Alvarez would be different than Mayweather-McGregor for various reasons. Mayweather is known to be arguably the greatest defensive boxer of all time, but if Usman boxed Alvarez, he believes that they would both march forward and bring the fight.
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