Victory over Cotto essential for Canelo’s stardom
- Updated: November 15, 2015
25-year-old Canelo Alvarez has enormous pressure on him.
Already tabbed as the next Mexican pay-per-view star, he carries the weight of his country on his shoulders.
While Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KO) has a ton of experience in terms of pro fights, his experience against upper echelon opponents is scarce.
His fights with Floyd Mayweather, Erislandy Lara and Austin Trout (at the time) are really the only fights that can be pointed to in reference to Canelo taking that step up against the elite. He defeated Trout and Lara on extremely narrow decisions and was outclassed over 12 rounds by the undefeated Mayweather.
Canelo will always be popular among casual fans for his looks and ability to demolish clearly inferior opponents like James Kirkland. But in order to reach that next level of stardom in his legacy, he needs to pick up a decisive win against Miguel Cotto.
“We understand obviously the magnitude of this fight,” Canelo said in his international media conference call. “We must consume that responsibility with hard training, and we must win the fight.”
With skepticism still looming from critics about whether or not Alvarez can truly hang with the top fighters in the sport, a win over Cotto (40-4, 33 KO) would solidify Alvarez’s standing as one of the top fighters in the sport. The fact that this fight is another chapter in the Mexico vs, Puerto Rico rivalry makes it that much more essential for Canelo’s legacy.
“This is Mexico versus Puerto Rico, and more importantly I’m motivated and inspired and looking forward to November 21,” Canelo said.
As for the pressure that comes with it, Alvarez remains unfazed.
“I’m not worried about the pressure,” Canelo said. “I am more concerned with the motivation. I am training. I’ve had a lot of fights, and I’ve learned a lot.”
Floyd Mayweather had Oscar De La Hoya to boost him into the position of a mega-PPV star. Could Miguel Cotto do the same for Canelo Alvarez? We’ll find out after November 21.