David Benavidez says Canelo was offered $55m to fight him, but chose Bivol
By Sean Jones: David Benavidez says Canelo Alvarez was offered $55 million to fight him alone by PBC, but instead leaned towards the two-fight deal to fight Dmitry Bivol and Gennady Golovkin in 2022.
Canelo opting out of that $55m offer shocked Benavidez because he talks about fighters seeing him on a ‘payday’ but he himself would have made a ton of money had he fought with David.
It’s hard for the average boxing fan to understand how Canelo could turn down that kind of dough for a fight against Benavidez. If Canelo loses to 175-pound WBA champion Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs) in their fight on May 7, he could blame himself for not taking the $55 million offered to him to fight Benavidez.
If Canelo is going to lose, might as well make as much money as possible fighting the No. 1 in the division. Benavidez is No. 1 at 168, and Bivol is arguably No. 2 or No. 3 at 175, behind IBF/WBC light heavyweight champion Artur Beterbiev and WBO champion Smith Jr.
Clearly, Canelo has his reasons not to fight former two-time WBC super middleweight champion Benavidez (25-0, 22 KOs), but it’s hard not to see that as a gesture of self-preservation. on his part.
Benavidez would have been tough for Canelo, 31, and a huge leap forward in competition from the paper champions he filled his CV with last year.
Canelo offered $55 million for Benavidez fight
“It was some kind of shock because I spoke to my advisers, and they said that for me alone, they offered him $55 million more pay-per-view,” David Benavidez told iFL TV of Canelo Alvarez passing on a huge offer from PBC to fight him next.
“I feel like it’s funny because everyone’s talking, ‘Payday, payday’, but this guy [Canelo] makes more money than anyone. I feel like there was more money there, but Canelo Alvarez is his own person and does what he wants.
“To be honest, I try to forget that fight,” Benavidez said of the Canelo clash. “I don’t want to fight [is going to happen]. I must have had it a year ago, a year and a half ago, that’s what they told me.
“I’m just gonna forget about this fight now, and I will try to take care of what is on my side. you have [Demetrius] Andrade, Caleb Plant, you have David Lemieux, and I hope [Jermall] Charlo if he goes up to 168.
“I feel like this is the best road I can take right now. Just worry about this side, try to clean this side, and then we’ll see what happens from there,” Benavidez said.
It’s better for Benavidez to make him forget about Canelo completely, because this fight may never happen, and there’s no point for him to hope that one day he will fight him.
If Canelo wanted to fight Benavidez, he would have fought him while he still held the WBC 168-pound title because he had plenty of time to fight him.
Benavidez feels he deserved Canelo fight
“I feel like enough is enough. I’ve been a two-time world champion before, and that’s why they rank you,” Benavidez continued. “Isn’t that what they rank for,” Benavidez said when asked if he’s done enough in his career to warrant a fight against Canelo Alvarez.
“I was No. 2 and No. 3, and now I’ve been No. 1 for two fights. If a No. 1 seed doesn’t win the fight, I don’t know what else to tell you,” Benavidez said on whether he’s won a fight against Canelo.
“It’s good but like I say, I tried to win the fight [against Canelo]. I tried to fight all these other guys. I’ve been calling all these other guys for a year and a half already, but It’s hard to win it when nobody wants to fight you.
“I’m just left with I don’t know what to do. But like I say, I just need to keep fighting the guys in front of me, and hopefully I get to fight someone soon,” Benavidez said.
“Yeah, definitely,” Benavidez said when asked if 2022 ends with him as a three-time world champion. “I train extremely hard. After I get this belt, I’m going to put pressure on all these other fighters.
“I feel like we are both at this crossing point where he wants to come back and be world champion, and I want to come back to be world champion,” Benavidez said of his May 21 fight against David Lemieux.
“I feel like both of our motivations are there because we both have the same motivation because he’s towards the end of his career, and I’m at that threshold where I want to move on in my career. I want to make a big name for myself.
“That’s why I feel like it feels like ‘fight of the year’. I’m going in very motivated and I know he’s very motivated,” Benavidez said of his fight against The best.
“We both had a lot of knockouts and we expect it to be a bloody and violent fight. I’m not backing down, and I feel like this fight is going to be the person with the most heart and I’m going to come out victorious.
“Our goal was to get the big fights after we had that fight with Kyrone Davis. Ever since the WBC made it mandatory for me and David Lemieux, it’s kind of been the only fight that’s been put together,” Benavidez said.
Benavidez says Plant is intimidated by him
“We were looking for Caleb Plant, we were looking for [Jermall] Charlo, we were looking for all these guys, but none of these guys were available,” Benavidez said.
“He called me ‘Fat’, he hurt me,” Benavidez joked about an insult from Plant. “But that’s the only thing he can say. Like I said, this big boy has power and has a lot more knockouts than him.
“I feel like I’m intimidating him,“Benavidez said of his belief that he scares Caleb Plant. “Everyone knows, everyone can see that I don’t like him and he doesn’t like me. Once we get this fight, I’m definitely going to hurt him.
“It looks like it, but I’ve been trying to get this fight for two years, and I feel like I don’t know what’s going on,” Benavidez said of his inability to get the Plant fight. It should be really easy to do.
“Even when he fought Caleb Truax, we fought at the same time, and the fight didn’t happen. Now, we could have made this fight happen against him and me for the interim title, and it didn’t happen.
“Now he is fighting with Anthony Dirrell. I tried to get a verbal agreement from her and his team that if all goes well with our two fights, we might have a fight for September or November. This does not happen. It’s like one excuse after another.
“Every time he says something he tries to get back at me, ‘Oh, he lost his belt twice, this and that.’ Man, if I was such an easy and undedicated target like everyone says, then why doesn’t anyone want to fight me? ‘Cause they’re all scared.
“Obviously I’ve made mistakes, but I’ve never made mistakes in the ring. I’m 25-0 with 22 knockouts. I’m ready and they know I’m ready, and that’s why they don’t want to get in the ring with me.
David won’t leave Charlo the punk
“I’m a nice guy and I’m calm and stuff, but I won’t let anyone play like I’m a ****,” Benavidez said when reacting to his beef with Jermall Charlo. “I won’t let anyone talk to me the way I don’t want them to talk to me.
“I feel like that’s what boxing is. You can be nice, but these guys are trying to rush you like you’re scared of them. We’re all boxers and we’re all fighters. What? what am I going to be afraid of?
“I don’t think anyone is scared, but some people who try to make you think you’re scared of them. I’m not scared of those guys bro. We can go inside or outside. outside the ring, it doesn’t matter to me,” Benavidez said.