Outraged Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has taken to Twitter to publicly apologise to Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi upon reflection of his recent online rants.
His national pride was hurt after footage revealed Messi’s foot graze over a Mexican football shirt whilst he was celebrating with his teammates after their 2-0 victory over them in the World Cup.
Canelo reacted with an outburst of anger, telling Messi he should “pray to God” that he didn’t find him.
A number of footballers, including Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Aguero, made attempts to stick up for Lionel Messi, stating that the Mexican superstar was in the wrong for his comments made.
Álvarez has now released an apology to Messi and Argentina on Twitter.
“These last few days I got carried away by the passion and love I feel for my country and made comments that were out of place, for which I want to apologize to Messi and the people of Argentina. Every day we learn something new and this time it was my turn.“
“I wish both teams much success in their matches today and we will continue supporting Mexico until the end.”
It seems the pound-for-pound boxing star will stick to leaving his emotions in the ring in the future.
Canelo recently underwent surgery on his left wrist following his victory over Gennady Golovkin in September, and looks set to return to the ring in May 2023. The Mexican undisputed super middleweight champion has claimed that he would potentially like a warm-up bout before he challenges Dmitry Bivol for a second time around September.
The pair shared the ring in May with Bivol taking the victory by unanimous decision. Although many would not favour Álvarez in a rematch, the Mexican is not one to back down from a challenge – and it will be an intriguing rematch should it materialise.