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Canelo Alvarez celebrates his 11th round technical knock out win against Caleb Plant after their championship bout for Alvarez's WBC, WBO and WBA super middleweight titles and Plant's IBF super middleweight title at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Photo: AFP

Manny Pacquiao says Canelo Alvarez ‘just too good’ as boxing world reacts to undisputed champion

  • ‘Welcome to the club,’ says undisputed light welterweight Josh Taylor
  • ‘Boxing is in great hands,’ adds Philippines fighter as fellow boxers pay tribute to Mexican history maker
Manny Pacquiao led the tributes to Saul Canelo Alvarez after the Mexican boxer made history as the first unanimous super middleweight champion with victory over Caleb Plant.

“Congratulations to the pound for pound king, Canelo, on making boxing history as the first undisputed super middleweight champion ever,” Pacquiao wrote on Twitter after the unification bout was waved off in the 11th round.

“Plant put up a great fight but Canelo is just too good. Boxing is in great hands.”

Alvarez now has titles at four different weights and all four at 168 pounds.

It took him just 11 months to win all four super middleweight titles since beating Britain’s Callum Smith for the WBA and WBC titles last December. Alvarez then beat Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO belt in May.

The boxing world reacted to the 31-year-old’s incredible feat on social media, where they were among many users that hailed the king.

Canelo Alvarez KOs Caleb Plant to become undisputed champion

“Canelo was excellent tonight. Welcome to the club,” wrote Josh Taylor who unified all four light welterweight titles in May.

“I don’t know what people were watching back home going by some of the tweets, but at ringside that was a methodical beat down from canelo. I gave plant 2-3 rounds tops, he was being pushed around the ring far too easily,” Taylor added in another tweet.

“Canelo the best mf fighter in the world! Period,” wrote WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney on Twitter.

“Canelo is me at 168..facts,” wrote three-weight champion Gervonta Davis, the current WBA lightweight and super lightweight champion.

“Congrats to Canelo he closed the show like a true champ. Respect to Plant,” wrote two-time champion Danny “Swift” Garcia.

“I think we all agree that Canelo is the BEST boxer in the world and it’s not even close! Carry the hell on...,” wrote former NBA player and ESPN commentator Kendrick Perkins.