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.
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.
Floyd Mayweather’s 22 world champions are defeated
Jose Luis Castillo
By Marcus Corley
Oscar De La Hoya
Juan Manuel Marquez
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 Alvarez’s 16 world champions are defeated
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
Billy Joe Saunders
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.