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Why a lot of Mexicans don't like Canelo Alvarez?

Saul Canelo Alvarez is considered one of the best boxers of the last 10 years, and in the last five he is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He has multiple world championships, he has also signed million-dollar contracts, he is one of the highest paid and most popular athletes on the planet, but he lacks something: to be recognized in Mexico, the country where he was born.

Every time Canelo fights Mexico is paralyzed, the TV ratings are the highest, millions of people watch him, but many turn on the TV to see him lose, they want Alvarez to do badly. In his last fight against Bivol, many people celebrated his defeat.

But why? Because Alvarez does not have the acceptance of the Mexicans, maybe they do not like the triumph of others, they want to see misfortunes or what.

He is not the first Mexican to be criticized

In the 80's a Mexican was triumphing in Europe, in the most important team in the world, Hugo Sanchez was tired of scoring goals with the white team, he was considered the best center forward in the world and one of the best players in the world.

Even so, Hugo was criticized in his country, it seemed that his success hurt them. Sanchez at the time said phrases that went deep into the imagination of the tricolor fans: "The worst enemy of a Mexican is another Mexican", "The children of the Malinche do not love me", "There is a lot of crab in Mexico".

These sayings resonate today more than ever when we see that there are Mexicans who criticize everything Canelo does. If he wins: "They bought his opponent", if he wins: "We knew Canelo was no good". It's always criticism against.

When boxing fans are asked why they don't like Alvarez their answer is: "Because he's a product of television, he's a product of marketing."

But what athlete, even with all the marketing in the world, endures 10 years at the top of a sport?

None, especially when practicing a sport as tough as boxing, where every time you step into the ring you risk your life. Canelo is an elite athlete, disciplined, rich and a winner, his legacy will remain for years and years, today there is no boxer in the Mexican circle that comes close to him, when Alvarez leaves then Mexicans will miss what it is like to be talked about the country in the world thanks to a man who knows how to represent it with dignity.

It seems that Canelo will be far from the idolatry that Raúl "Ratón" Macías, Rubén "Púas" Olivares, "Chango" Casanova and Julio César Chávez himself had, but every time Saúl Canelo Álvarez is named in the future the fans in the boxing world will remember him with a big smile, all except the Mexicans.

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