Gennady Golovkin has insisted Canelo Alvarez is not the current pound-for-pound king of boxing.
The Kazakh IBF middleweight champion, who has twice shared the ring with the Mexican, maintains a rivalry with his former nemesis.
When they first met in 2017, the vast majority saw GGG earn a points victory.
However, the judges marked the bout by toss.
There was a lot of bad blood when they saw each other a year later.
The second time around, Canelo improved considerably and won a close decision.
The result was debated again, but there were far fewer cries of ‘theft’.
Three years later, there was no trilogy fight with Canelo instead of unifying the middleweight titles, winning a light heavyweight title and now going undisputed in super middleweight.
These later victories solidified his position as the pound-for-pound king in the eyes of most, but not his former enemy.
“It depends on what we take as a criterion,” Golovkin told the Los Angeles Times.
“After my fights with him, I don’t consider him the best.”
GGG continued, “To be honest I’m a little tired of this boxing streak, like carbon copy fighters.
“What Eddie Hearn is trying to do is introduce one of his fighters [for Canelo] after another.
“It’s like a soap opera we’re all tired of.
“I think it’s time to move on and I think he should face the truth and have some conscience to end this.
“Because there are more interesting opportunities. “