Canelo Alvarez puts Ryan Garcia beef to one side and sends former friend classy message

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Canelo Alvarez has squashed his beef with Ryan Garcia.

Both boxers became good friends when they trained together under Eddy Reynoso.

Canelo used to act as a mentor figure for Garcia

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Canelo used to act as a mentor figure for GarciaCredit: Tom Hogan – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

However, after Garcia split with Reynoso in 2021, their relationship turned sour.

Canelo was highly critical of Garcia’s decision to leave his long-time trainer and lambasted him for lacking the work ethic to reach the top of the sport.

Garcia took exception to his former teammate’s comments and fired back with several verbal jabs of his own.

Most recently, the 25-year-old criticised Canelo for fighting Jaime Munguia instead of David Benavidez.

But it appears Canelo no longer holds a grudge as the former pound-for-pound king sent a classy message to ‘King Ry’ on Tuesday at the launch press conference for the Munguia fight.

When asked about Garcia’s recent worrying behaviour ahead of his upcoming clash with Devin Haney on April 20, Canelo responded: “My mind is going to say, ‘Help Ryan.’ He’s a good kid. He’s a good person.

“You need to help him. And the people around him need to help him. So, I feel a little sad for him.

“He needs to have a good person, good people around him. His goal is [to] take it easy, slow down, and then we see.”

Concerns have been raised about the wellbeing of Garcia

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Concerns have been raised about the wellbeing of GarciaCredit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

Concerns have been raised about Garcia’s mental well-being after a string of bizarre social media posts over the past few weeks, ranging from conspiracy theories to a video claiming he was dead.

On Tuesday, Garcia burst into tears on a live stream as he responded to the judgement he has received.

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During an emotional speech, he said: “I don’t want to cry but it is only because the spirit and love I feel right now.

“I’ve been going through a lot lately and I have been going through a lot of hurt.

“I tried my hardest to share all the love that people gave me, and help the kids.

“I tried my best and everybody tried to break me down. I just tried to do something good, I put a lot on the line.

“They judged me hard but I kept going. And I just wanted to come on here and say I love you guys.”

Mauricio Sulaiman told talkSPORT.com last week that the WBC, whose super-lightweight world title is on the line in the main event, are in direct talks with the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) regarding Garcia.

The NYSAC has since requested for Garcia to undergo a mental health evaluation before fight night.

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