Welcome to an yuletide edition of Magno’s Bulging Mail Sack. In honor of the festive holiday season, my bloated, pulsating sack should be wrapped in tinsel and the gooey, salty fact contained inside might be referred to as “love eggnog.” This week, we have comments/questions regarding Canelo and his legacy, other energetic warring parties’ legacies, and Fighter of the 12 months.

What next for Canelo?

hiya Magno.

rather incredible work from Canelo Alvarez on Saturday. He took a great fighter in Callum Smith and made him look very, very usual. What do you see within the purple-head’s future? He can relatively lots prefer and decide whoever he needs next, so tell me what you see him doing in his subsequent 3 or 4 fights and for which network do you see him combating?

Thanks to your voice and all of your hard work through the years. Have a great and protected break!

— Dennis G.

hiya Dennis.

I don’t know, however I nonetheless see him moving over to PBC. I consider his desire to dwell independent and free from promoter handle matches nicely into PBC’s established company mannequin. Plus, I think they could present him the improved basic record of possible opponents. but, as you spoke of, Canelo can do pretty a good deal anything else he wishes at this time and i’m sure ESPN and DAZN, who’d likely push to lock him into some sort of exclusive deal, would bend over backwards to accommodate his desires for promoter-free independence.  

For the subsequent couple fights, I see him bouncing round, enjoying the field. Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO belt on DAZN or Caleb Plant for the IBF title on Fox PPV will probably be next. The one he doesn’t battle first will probably be the subsequent opponent. Then, probably Jermall Charlo or a 3rd Golovkin conflict. Canelo’s staying put at 168, even though. here is assuming viable opponents don’t get beat meanwhile and someone else does not pop as much as turn into a proper contender. 

Thanks for the variety phrases and chuffed holidays, correct back at you.

Legacies (Canelo’s and Others’)

hey Paul,

I watched the Canelo-Smith battle ultimate night. Very astonishing win via Canelo. This one moved the needle with reference to his legacy and greatness. I don’t believe there’s any query that Canelo is #1 P4P, and probably will hold that spot except he retires. besides the fact that children, Canelo’s opposition through the years is a dialogue in itself. Let’s simply say, there became loads of certainty to what Demetrius Andrade’s jealous, hatin’ ass noted after the fight related to Canelo’s “greatness” (it became in fact about P4P popularity, but his comments have been extra geared to the legitimacy of his resume).

one of the most combatants today who I accept as true with are leaving a significant legacy in the back of, striving/carried out greatness, or both:

— Canelo

— Pacquiao

— Fury

— Joshua

— Wilder


— Teofimo Lopez – trending within the right path via beating Commey and Lomachenko.

— Spence – he’s borderline, but I’m a fan. He should combat better opposition at 147 although or circulate to an additional division.

— Porter

— Juan Francisco Estrada

warring parties developing an illusion and/or being carried by way of the media:

— Charlo Brothers

— Crawford – i do know this is controversial, however he’s simplest beating who they put in entrance of him. Hasn’t been demonstrated.

— Jacobs

— Gervonta Davis – LSC combat changed into a step within the correct direction. he’s legit if he can stay active and dedicated. might end up like Broner if no longer cautious.

— Andrade – not EVEN value a mention seeing that “boxer” is his phantasm. The media will proceed to raise him until he takes a loss to a B-stage fighter. He hasn’t fought any individual and he doesn’t check any of the bins to get a battle. All that color he threw on Canelo last evening has doubtless flushed the miniscule probability he had at ever combat him down the drain.

— Gary Russell Jr.

— Most PBC warring parties

Any fighters that don’t call out anybody if you happen to know they should.

if you made it this some distance, thanks. It speaks to your legacy and greatness as a boxing journalist. i love your work and really recognize your journey and views on boxing as an entire. keep up the amazing work!

I wish you and yours a in shape holiday season and a contented New year.

— Chris

howdy Chris.

As I wrote in Monday’s Notes from the Boxing Underground column, I think Canelo has the deepest, most advanced body of work in all of boxing aside from, probably, Manny Pacquiao (who has ten extra years as a pro). I consider people that take swipes on the legacy that he is setting up are nitpicking for the sake of pleasurable their own agendas. Yeah, he’s had his share of reward-wrapped opposition, however every “star” has a couple of those tender touches on their resume. 

As in your lists of warring parties with/devoid of best legacies?

I trust most of your assessments, aside from these:

— Wilder (I think his legacy is still very an awful lot being written. Two wins apiece over Luis Ortiz and Bermane Stiverne and a dubious draw in opposition t Tyson Fury aren’t precisely the stuff of legend. He wants a handful of large wins in the future to comfortable some kind of lasting legacy, IMO.)

— Charlo Brothers (I feel fan and media distaste and dissatisfaction is more of as a result them being marketed and offered as killers, when they are tons extra calculated and cautious as warring parties. both are works in development and want to extra build their legacies, however neither is a full-on hype job either.)

— Gervonta Davis (The guy’s a legit ability and that i do not believe at his age it be reasonable to be too tough with him about level of opposition.  but I agree that he should step up now and work further tough to steer clear of crisis backyard the ring.)

— Gary Russell Jr. (I do not feel there may be any phantasm or media hype here. The guy just must combat greater regularly and do what he can against whoever he can be matched in opposition t.)

— Most PBC fighters (I don’t know, man. I consider, principally over the last few years, PBC has completed a stronger job than most boxing groups in matching their younger talent complicated and against other young skill. In a way, that– as a result of the upsets that variety of matchmaking can produce– has made it more durable to construct hype for one of the crucial younger guys. In divisions the place they call the pictures and business does not handcuff them, they do tend to eventually make the most reliable vs. ultimate fights. however, yeah, there are hype jobs in every company.)

Thanks for the variety phrases and happy vacation trips!

Fighter of the yr


I noticed the place Ring journal made Tyson Fury and Teofimo Lopez as co-combatants of the yr. i would lean greater against Teo, in case you question me. That Lomachenko win shook up the recreation. What do you believe?

— Joshua from Ohio

hi there Joshua.

i’m usually hard on Ring journal– and with good intent– but I see their reasoning here and might’t disagree all that a great deal. i’m not one to walk fences, even though. I think co-combatants of the year is a little of a cop out. i might probably go with Fury over Lopez, for the only cause that a brutally dominant stoppage of a heavyweight champ carries just a little extra weight than a close choice over the lightweight champ. however, like I referred to, here’s a extremely close name in a really peculiar year. i could rip the individuals at Dinosaur Digest for other things, no longer this one.

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