Canelo open to Conor McGregor fight as he fires warning to UFC star with brutal display of power on punching bag – The Sun
SAUL ALVAREZ'S trainer Eddy Reynoso has revealed the Mexican legend is open to a potential bout against UFC star Conor McGregor inside the squared circle.
But he has insisted that the four-weight world champion has no interest in taking on the Notorious in an MMA bout.
McGregor has had just one boxing fight in his professional career, with the Irishman succumbing to a tenth-round stoppage defeat against Floyd Mayweather in 2017.
But should he ever decide to lace his gloves again, Reynoso has stated Canelo, 29, would relish the chance to face the outspoken Dubliner.
A trilogy fight against Gennady Golovkin is said to be on the cards once sport resumes following the coronavirus crisis, though McGregor's name continues to be linked.
Speaking to Boxing Scene, he said: "The reports are pure speculation because right now there is no news about anything, there are no fights. Boxing is a business.
"Saul right now is the best fighter pound for pound and if McGregor jumps into boxing, then we are going to hit him. What we are not going to do is get into a cage [to fight McGregor]."
Canelo – who in December stated he is willing to face UFC ace Jorge Masvidal – is said to be in the finest shape of his career, with Reynoso claiming we are yet to see the best of him.
He added: "Saul is at the best moment of his career and he is mature, he has a lot of experience, he is young, he does not take punches, so he still has a lot of time left in boxing.
"Let's hope he continues with the same discipline and the same obedience and he won't have any problems in doing that because he is already a more mature person.
"I think the best of Saul is coming. In the second stage of his career, the best of Saul remains to be seen."
Canelo – whose punches have been described as like a baseball bat by Amir Khan – recently posted a clip of himself showcasing him immense power as he hammered away at a punching bag with devastating left hooks.
Commenting on the footage, one fan remarked: "Sounds like a shooting range."
Another said: "Punches so lethal they sound like gunshots."
A third added: "If you get hit with them you will never walk straight again."
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