Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has said he would welcome the opportunity to meet Conor McGregor in the ring.
McGregor has long been linked with a boxing debut, with reports earlier this year suggesting that a big-money bout against Floyd Mayweather Jr could be on the cards.
The Irishman has talked up his boxing abilities and has made no secret of his dislike for much of the boxing world, including Alvarez.
“When they hold a position of power, when they get a name, all of a sudden they pick weaker opponents. They look down their division. Nobody looks up a division. Nobody looks at true challenges. When you look at this Canelo situation, it’s an era of cherry picking,” McGregor told the Los Angeles Times recently.
Not surprisingly, the UFC featherweight champion’s comments did not go down well with Alvarez who responded by suggesting that the pair meet in the ring to settle their differences.
“I’ve been fighting the best since I was 23, since a very young age, that’s the last thing he could ever speak about me or say about me, but I understand, there’s people out there that like to talk nonsense and stupidity,” Alvarez said.
“If he wants to meet, let’s try out boxing anytime he wants. If he wants to come over to this side of the world and box, he’ll see it’s not as easy as he thinks.”
Both fighters are coming off victories in their most recent bouts, with Alvarez having defeated Amir Khan, while McGregor edged Nate Diaz at UFC 202 last month. While McGregor’s future plans are not yet clear, Alvarez has a fight against England’s Liam Smith scheduled for September 17.