The feud between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Ryan Garcia has been brewing for months and now it’s brought five-time world champion and Hall of Famer Floyd Mayweather into the heat.
In a recent interview, Mayweather firmly backed former foe Alvarez in the dispute.
"You see Ryan Garcia, first he’s praising Canelo, he wants to learn from Canelo, you in Canelo’s training camp," Mayweather told FightHype.com. "Now it’s all hate– ‘Oh, I don’t like him, I don’t like this, I don’t like him.’
"Accomplish what Canelo has accomplished, then speak bad about him, but you don’t need to speak bad about him no way because we all need to stay in our own lane and do us. So you really don’t need to speak bad about him no way if you went to his camp to learn from him and to be a student."
"I can’t knock the mother***ker because he’s going down in the Hall of Fame. Pacquiao, going down in the Hall of Fame, and these are the guys that I went up against. I will always give guys their flowers. I’m not a hater, man."
The Canelo-Garcia beef began when the young "King Ry" left the Canelo Alvarez camp, initially citing a lack of attention from Alvarez’s trainer Eddy Reynoso.
Alvarez immediately came to his trainer’s defense, saying that Reynoso has all the time in the world…for a fighter who shows discipline and dedication (intimating that Garcia showed neither).
“Eddy has time for all the fighters, you ask everybody. If you have the time to put in the gym and train really good with discipline, Eddy is always going to be there," said Alvarez. "[Reynoso] is here all the time. If you come…and train for only 20 minutes, then you don’t come four days, three days, OK. Then the next day, you say ‘I come in at 12’ and then come at two? So, you need to be disciplined."
Garcia would counter that indirect attack, vaguely mentioning some "real reason" Garcia left Team Canelo.
The nastiness really started to bubble over after Garcia picked Gennadiy Golovkin to beat Alvarez in their upcoming September 17 clash at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
“He"s just mad for something– he"s no longer in the team," Alvarez told Ak & Barak in an interview on DAZN. "He"s always going to be versus us no matter what. But he"s a little kid. You need to understand him. He needs to learn a lot of things. My advice for him is to do your job, focus on your career, win a world championship first, then talk about other people because you"ve accomplished nothing and you start talking about fighters who"ve accomplished a lot. When I was 20-year-old I was a world champion.
"You can call out everybody and say and talk and everything but at the end of the day, you are doing nothing. It is what is. We need to understand him now that he"s no longer with the Canelo team. He"s going to talk mad sh*t about us. It"s fine. But he needs to remember how much Eddy did for him. A lot of things. He and his father still owe money to Eddy and Eddy doesn"t say anything because he doesn"t need it. It"s not fair that he"s talking sh!t about everything in the camp. He came to my gym and we showed him love and support. He then goes and says anything. He"s not grateful. When a person is ungrateful, it"s the worst thing."
It’s not known how Alvarez received Mayweather’s support in this beef with Garcia, but one would assume that all support is good support, right?