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How many more world champions does Canelo Alvarez have to beat before breaking Floyd Mayweather’s historic record?


Canelo Alvarez came up short in his last fight when he went in search of more boxing history by taking on Dmitry Bivol.

When he beat Caleb Plant in November 2021, the pound-for-pound star achieved a legendary feat by unifying all four major world titles at super middleweight as undisputed champions – becoming one of the groups selected to do so at the modern era.

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Canelo is the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO super middleweight world champion

Even the great Floyd Mayweather – who remains Canelo’s only other record loss to date – was never an undisputed four-belt king.

Comparisons between the two will inevitably always be made, due to their 2013 encounter.

And Canelo is closing in on Mayweather’s tally of world champions defeated.

In his 50-fight career, the undefeated Hall of Famer has won an incredible 22 world champions.

Some claim that number is 23 and include his 1998 victory over Tony Pep on his list.

However, Pep has only ever won the IBO belt, which is not considered a legitimate world title by many.

Mayweather sent Canelo when the Mexican was just 23 but he's improved a lot since then.

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Mayweather sent Canelo when the Mexican was just 23 but he’s improved a lot since then.

Floyd Mayweather’s 22 world champions are defeated

Genaro Hernandez

Gregorio Vargas

Diego Corrales

Carlos Hernandez

jesus chavez

Jose Luis Castillo

By Marcus Corley

Arturo Gatti

Sharmba Mitchell

Zab Judah

Carlos Baldomir

Oscar De La Hoya

Ricky Hatton

Juan Manuel Marquez

Shane Mosley

Victor Ortiz

Miguel Cotto

Robert Guerrero

Canelo Alvarez

Marcos Maidana

Manny Pacquiao

André Berto

After his victory over Plant, Canelo conquered 16 world champions.

Some claim the Mexican’s number is 18 and include his wins over Austin Trout and Rocky Fielding.

However, these two fighters have only ever won the “regular” WBA belt and have never held the full version of the world title.

When Canelo beat Trout, the real WBA champion was Miguel Cotto.

When he beat Fielding, the real WBA champion was Callum Smith.

Canelo, like Mayweather, has beaten a string of great fighters

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Canelo, like Mayweather, has beaten a string of great fighters

Canelo Alvarez’s 16 world champions are defeated

Miguel Vazquez

Carlos Baldomir

Lovemore N’dou

Kermit Cintron

Shane Mosley

Eislandy Lara

Miguel Cotto

Amir Khan

Liam Smith

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Gennady Golovkin

Daniel Jacobs

Sergei Kovalev

Callum Smith

Billy Joe Saunders

Caleb Factory

As such, Canelo’s total is 16 – six shy of Mayweather’s total of 22.

The Mexican missed the chance to reduce the gap to just five when he lost to Bivol in May.

And he will again be unable to cut the deficit in his trilogy fight with Gennady Golovkin on Saturday night when he already holds a win over the Kazakh from 2018.

Therefore, Mayweather’s record is secure at the moment, but if Canelo pursues a Bivol rematch next year as planned, then he could start to really chase the American tally.



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