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Canelo, Cotto have different views on meaning of their fight

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During the conference call to officially announce the November 21 showdown between Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez, both fighters made it abundantly clear where they stand on the significance of this fight.

The 25-year-old Alvarez, who’s already been in a mega-fight of his own against Floyd Mayweather, is looking at this matchup with Cotto as the biggest of his career.

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“This is a fight that I’ve been craving, I’ve been wanting. Obviously it’s a fight with a lot of responsibility, and I’m up for it. Like I do for all my fights, I train very hard and I prepare myself,” Alvarez said. “I’m looking forward to it because I know it can go down in history as one of the great fights between México and Puerto Rico and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”

On the other side, the 34-year-old battle-tested Miguel Cotto views this fight a little differently than his Mexican counterpart.

Having fought the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Sergio Martinez in the past, Cotto sees Canelo as just another opponent in his storied career.

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“I just can say that this fight is just another fight. I’m going to go to L.A. when we decide to go there, do my best as always, and go to Vegas to beat Canelo the night of the 21st,” Cotto said. “In my era, Canelo is just another name.”

Although their opinions differ on the impact this fight will have on their career, one thing both men agree on is the significance of the fight in regards to the historic boxing rivalry that is Mexico vs Puerto Rico.

“Everybody knows what a fight between a Mexican and Puerto Rican means for boxing,” Cotto said. “People can expect the same from us.”

While Alvarez is only 25, he’s a bit of a boxing historian. He recalled some of the best Mexico-Puerto Rico matchups he’s seen and says he wants to add his fight with Cotto to that list.

“Salvador Sánchez against (Wilfredo) Gomez; Julio César Chávez against Macho Camacho; and Oscar De La Hoya against (Felix) Trinidad,” Alvarez said. “Right now I’m just very excited and motivated that I’ll be going into the history to add to that rivalry. That brings all the excitement.”

Another thing both men share is a huge amount of respect for each other. Alvarez believes this is an even fight.

“This is a 50/50 fight. I’ve said it, with his experience and everything, it’s 50/50,” Alvarez said. “The winner of this fight is the one that’s going to train better, that’s going to work harder and that’s going to be able to lay out that plan inside the ring, and that’s what I’m going to work for. I’m going to prepare myself to win.”

Cotto does not watch a ton of boxing in his free time, but he acknowledges that Canelo is a top-notch fighter.

“I’m not a real big fan of boxing. I just enjoy boxing when I’m boxing. But I know Canelo is a great fighter,” Cotto said. “I know he is a strong boxer. But I’m going to prepare enough to beat him the night of the 21st.”

Cotto vs Canelo will take place on November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

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