Canelo ready to silence critics on Sep. 14
- Updated: August 28, 2013
Canelo Alvarez held a two-hour media workout at the home gym of Shane Mosley in Big Bear, California on Tuesday. Before he showcased his skills to dozens of member of the media, Alvarez took some time to discuss his upcoming September 14 bout with Floyd Mayweather.
“I feel good about myself and can’t wait to get in the ring. I’m ready for this.
“I’m working very hard and doing my job. Even though I’m young, I have a lot of experience. That’s why I asked for this.
“This will be a tough physical fight, but I feel I have a lot of advantages. I am working on the things I can take advantage of,” Alvarez said.
The 23-year-old Alvarez has held training camp in various locations in the past, but he decided to prepare for the biggest fight of his career up in the mountains of Big Bear Lake, California. Numerous world champions, including Oscar De La Hoya, have held training camps there. Canelo is hoping to follow in their footsteps.
“Big Bear has been great. It is one of the greatest places to train. Even though it is a lot of work, I’ve been enjoying this camp. We’ve accomplished everything here that we set out to do,” Alvarez said.
At the 30-day pre-fight weigh-in, Alvarez came in at 166.8 pounds. This development caused many pundits to begin to wonder if Canelo will have trouble making weight, especially since the fight is 152 pounds, two pounds under his usual weight class. However, the weight is of no concern to Alvarez. He is confident he will make the weight easy and promises to be in the best shape of his life.
“The weight is not going to be a factor. I’ll be fine for the fight. It’s no big thing. Actually, I feel I’m ahead of the curve. I’m not worried at all. It (the weight) will come off and I will be fine.
“Actually in some ways I’m in my best shape, or will be. Before I fought Austin Trout, I’d been off longer than I will be for this fight. I needed a lot of time to prepare for Trout. So, in some ways for this camp, my work has been easier.,” Alvarez said.
Although he is considered by many to be the top junior-middleweight in boxing, Alvarez still feels like he is underestimated.
“I think a lot of people underestimate me, but those people are mostly critics, reporters. You never hear anything from the guys I fight. It’s only from those outside the ring that think I am beatable.”
“I’m not coming just to fight, I’m coming to win,” Alvarez said.
“This is a big day, an important time. It’s Mexican Independence day. I know I’ll have a lot of people there to support me.”
Fighters like Miguel Cotto and Jose Luis Castillo have proven to give Mayweather some problems in the past. Canelo is aware of this and has already begun to study tape of those fights to try to find a blueprint of how to defeat the pound-for-pound king.
“I’ve studied tapes of the fights he (Mayweather) had trouble in, like those against Miguel Cotto and Jose Luis Castillo. I’m looking for ways to penetrate Mayweather’s defense like they did. Cotto had success, but couldn’t maintain it. I plan to maintain it.”
“I don’t think it’s important to get off to a fast start and just win the early rounds. I want to win all the rounds. All the rounds are important, from the first to the last and I want to win them all.”
Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya was also in attendance and discussed the mega-fight. He believes the fight has a very good chance to break the PPV record set by him and Floyd Mayweather in 2007.
“I remember the first time I fought in a fight like this, a fight of this magnitude, and how I excited I was. Fighting on Mexican Independence Day is such an honor. You know both guys are going to be in great shape and it is going to be an exciting main event. But I’m betting on my horse. I feel it could be time for the changing of the guard.
“This is going to be a very interesting night of boxing, and definitely a memorable one. It’s already a record-breaking event and now we’ll see if it breaks the (pay-per-view) record. With all the social and media outlets out there, chances are that it might,” De La Hoya said.
Canelo Alvarez will square off with Floyd Mayweather September 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The mega-event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT