If four-division champion Canelo Alvarez offers anything to the sport of boxing — besides being its biggest draw and current pound-for-pound best fighter, of course — it’s a refreshing outlook on the responsibility of a fighter armed with so much leverage given everything he has accomplished. 

At age 30, entering the 16th year of his remarkable pro career that is very much still in its absolute prime, it would be difficult to criticize Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KOs) had he copied the journey once taken by the only man to defeat him, Floyd Mayweather, and looked exclusively for the biggest purse for the lowest risk each time out. 

Instead, Alvarez isn’t taking on a string of smaller fighters or waiting out his more difficult foes until the time is strategically right. Despite knowing he could demand huge paydays…

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