P4P countdown: No 8: Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez
Luke G. Williams
Over the course of this week, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising ten of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came eighth ...
Name: Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez
BM online P4P ranking: 8th (up 2 places from last December)
Fight record: 49(34)-1-1
Report card: Lineal middleweight champion Alvarez fought twice in 2016, both times against outgunned Brits in Amir Khan and Liam Smith, with neither fight actually taking place at middleweight. It was a disappointing level of opposition for a man who was willing to take on the world's best boxer in Floyd Mayweather when he was just 23 years old. An easy points victory against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in May this year continued an underwhelming run of opposition, but all is now forgiven after Canelo finally signed to face Gennady Golovkin this September - quite simply, the most significant fight that could be made in boxing right now is finally happening!
Prospects for 2017: For this writer, Canelo showed enough ruthlessness, power and precision against Khan, Smith and Chavez Jr to suggest that the showdown against Golovkin will be pretty much a pick 'em fight. If he wins, then Canelo will likely see his P4P rating soar yet higher.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 30 - three of our panellists ranked Alvarez in their P4P top five, with third place his highest finish, but scepticism still exists among others, with four of our writers leaving him out of their top tens altogether. Alvarez is clearly something of a divisive boxer among our panel - the GGG showdown should definitively answer many questions about just how good the Mexican is.
NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Luke G. Williams, Andrew Harrison, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Chris Williamson, Callum Rudge, Michael Montero and Martin Chesnutt.
Each panellist ranked their top ten in order, with the boxer placed first receiving ten points, second nine points, third eight points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued.