Benavidez: Quit the Sob Story, Start Throwing Punches

By Dan Ambrose - 04/13/2024 - Comments

David Benavidez has been playing the victim card, opening his yap about Canelo Alvarez supposedly avoiding him, trying to milk some sympathy from fans.

He cried about being locked out of a chance to fight for his undisputed super middleweight championship, yet he won’t face WBA ‘regular’ champ David Morrell, who has practically been begging Benavidez for a fight.

Scared or Just Greedy, Benavidez?

Benavidez (28-0, 24 KOs) won’t give Morrell the time a day, turning up his nose at the thought of fighting him as if he’s not done enough. I see this as a classic example of fear-based avoidance behavior from Benavidez.

The basic problem is Benavidez views Canelo as his slot machine, and he wants nothing to do with Morrell who could wreck his chances.

What does this say about Benavidez? Is his sole purpose for trying to get the Canelo fight to get a big payday and hope for a rematch if he wins? Is this just money?

Benavidez just wants that fat paycheck that comes with fighting Canelo, and he’s not willing to take a risky fight against David Morrell, who could once and for all ruin his slim chances.

If Benavidez REALLY wanted to capture a belt at 168, he’d take Morrell (10-0, 9 KOs) up on his offer to fight him for his WBA belt, and then transmute that title to a shot at Canelo. Why isn’t Benavidez doing that? Is the risk too high against the talented Cuban Morrell or is the money not to his liking?

Again, if it’s the money, then shows that his sole purpose for wanting to fight Canelo was to get a big payday, which puts him in the same class as all the other fighters that see the Mexican star as a guy that can enrich them. If this was about sports and not money, Benavidez would fight Morrell to challenge him for his WBA belt.

Saudi Money Grab

Some fans believe the main reason Benavidez is moving up to 175 is to try and pick up a load of dough from the Saudis by fighting the winner of the June 1st fight between light heavyweight champions Artur Beterbiev and Dmitry Bivol. Is that not the reason Benavidez is going up to 175?