As hundreds of fans and media stood in lines that stretched from the sidewalk outside the main doors to the make-shift ring inside the lobby of MGM Grand in Las Vegas, popular Mexican boxing superstar and former world champion Canelo Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) and his opponent Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs) made their official entry into the hotel Tuesday afternoon. Both boxers signed autographs, posed for photos and completed press interviews. They collide Saturday night in a PPV showdown in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Alfredo Angulo: Every fight is important, but this one is more special because all of the fans in Mexico will know that the winner of this fight is the #1 Mexican fighter. It’s a huge fight for Mexico and it’s a huge fight for Canelo and me. Everyone can have their own opinion on who will win the fight. My fans know what I do in the ring and they know what to expect on Saturday night. My hand will be raised. I’m ready now and I will give the fans my best performance against Canelo. You will see the best Alfredo Angulo on Saturday. Amir [Khan] and Andre [Ward] told me that I’m ready. They told me this is my time.
Canelo Alvarez: I had a very relaxed camp, but, at the same time, I was very anxious to get back in the ring. More than the style difference [between Mayweather and Angulo], I’m just happy to be back in the ring. It’s a tough fight, but I’m very confident. I learned a lot from fighting Floyd, but I’m ready to get back in the ring to maintain the path that I was on before. This is what I love to do. I live to fight and we’re ready for Saturday. I’m fully concentrated on this fight. What happened in September is in the past. I’m focused on Saturday and Angulo. I’m here for the fans. That’s what I fight for.