By Matt Lieberman: In a shocking revelation, Canelo Alvarez revealed in an interview with Graham Bensinger on Wednesday that he spent three long days negotiating the release of his kidnapped brother in Mexican in the days leading up to his December 2018 fight with Rocky Fielding in New York.
Somehow, Canelo was able to negotiate the release of his brother while taking interviews in the final week before his fight against former WBA super-middleweight champion Fielding. Canelo won the fight by an easy third-round knockout over Fielding, but it was a stressful situation for him to deal with.
Canelo did the negotiating all on his own, and he didn’t want to go to the police because he suspected that they were in on it.
It’s incredible that Canelo didn’t fall apart and pull out of the fight with Fielding. With everything that was going on in his life, you could understand if he had.
Being a millionaire in any country arguably makes one a target for criminals, and Canelo has it rough because he’s so incredibly wealthy. It’s not just him that is a target.
As we see, it happened with his own family. Who can forget the late billionaire J Paul Getty’s grandson being kidnapped in Italy and held for ransom? When you become rich and famous the way Canelo is, it makes you a target in the same way any super-rich person would be.
CANELO: For three days I negotiated with those a**holes so that they would let him go. Three days… And in addition, I had to fight that Saturday, and a thousand interviews and everything, and no one ever knew anything about this… They see me up there and they say, ‘Wow, it’s very easy.’ But nothing is easy in this life. Everything is difficult….
BENSINGER: Did you have to involve the police or no?
CANELO: No, no, never. Because, it’s even hard in Mexico… Because maybe they were involved in that situation.
BENSINGER: Oh. Did you feel like that had happened – that the police were involved – or you just weren’t sure?
CANELO: I think so.
BENSINGER: But that probably makes you concerned for the rest of your family being here… Would you want to move them to the States?
CANELO: I would like [to], but it’s difficult. They have their life here in Mexico. I can’t do it.”
Hopefully, for Canelo, he and his family are well-protected with bodyguards.
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