LIVE AND LEARN Canelo Alvarez told Mike Tyson he sees first loss to Floyd Mayweather as a lesson, and he is now preparing to end Gennady Golovkin rivalry

Canelo Alvarez is widely regarded as boxing’s greatest star attraction worlwide, despite suffering the second defeat of his career last time out.

At 32 years old, the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO super-middleweight champion boasts a phenomenal 57-2-2 record – his two draws coming against Jorge Juarez in just his fifth fight and then the epic Gennady Golovkin battle.

In his last bout, Canelo was unexpectedly beaten by Dmitry Bivol up at light-heavyweight.

This came nine years after his first loss – a majority decision to Floyd Mayweather, who retired with a perfect 50-0 record and is regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all-time.

Rather than dwell on defeat to Mayweather, Canelo looks at it like a life lesson.

Heading into the fight, he held the WBC super-welterweight title and a 42-0-1 record. That was his first world title and he’d already defended six times previously.

Mayweather put his WBA super-welterweight title on the line and was 44-0 – someone’s zero had to go, and on that day it was the young Canelo’s.

He was just 23 at the time and suggested a bit more experience would have come in handy and has subsequently claimed it was an honour to fight the legendary Mayweather.

“I’ve grown so much,” he told Mike Tyson’s HotBoxin’ when he recalled the 2013 bout at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand.

“I always thought I need to fight first with [Miguel] Cotto, [Erislandy] Lara and all of those guys and then Floyd,” he continued. “But that’s what it is, you know? That’s what it is. I’m OK.

“I needed more experience and maturity [before facing Floyd]. I don’t think of that fight like a loss. I think of that fight like I learned from that fight.”

Canelo since evolved to a point in which he emulated the dominant mould of Mayweather, brushing aside all challengers put in front of him. The unbeaten Callum Smith, Billy Joe Saunders and Caleb Plant all fell in his run to becoming undisputed super-middleweight king.

But did Canelo feel like he’d arrived when he shared the ring with Mayweather?

“When I fought Miguel Cotto. That was my best fight,” he explained. “I feel like when I won that fight I felt like ‘OK, my best moment is coming.’”

Now, following the Bivol loss, Canelo does intend to rematch the Russian.

First though, he will look to put his rivalry with Gennady Golovkin to rest in a trilogy bout on September 17.

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