By Felipe Leon
A calm, cool and collected 23-year-old Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30KOs) presided over a teleconference Tuesday afternoon from his training camp to promote his much anticipated scheduled twelve round bout against pound for pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (44-0, 26KOs). Billed as “The One”, the Golden Boy Promotions with Mayweather and Canelo Promotions event will be held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, NV, and broadcast live by Showtime PPV.
After an excited “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya addressed the conference and mentioned that the fight festivities begin on the Thursday prior with Shawn Porter vs. Julio Diaz II, he introduced Alvarez, “the fight is getting close. This event is set to break all records and all indications show that ‘The One’ will be the one. We have a great card from top to bottom. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is loved by many and he is getting better. He has not shown his full potential but on September 14th he will be showing his best.”
“I am very happy and very motivated. We are close to the date and we are already in Las Vegas,” Alvarez of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, said as soon as he got on the call. “This is a very interesting fight and one that the fans want to watch because they know it is not an easy one for either one.”
As far as his next opponent, the unified super welterweight champion mentioned that despite having fought all kind of different styles, including Mayweather’s, he is aware that Floyd is much different, “I have fought different styles but Floyd is very difficult. He thinks inside the ring and is very intelligent. I’ve fought fighters that had his style before but they weren’t as intelligent as he.”
“My counterpunching is going to help but I need to be ready to do everything in the ring,” he said regarding what of his style will give him the better chances against Mayweather. “I will do what is best for me, apply pressure but in an intelligent way.”
De La Hoya, who met Mayweather Jr. in ’07 in the biggest PPV to date, said that despite “Canelo” being a world champion, he has not truly shown all of his potential. “He has not shown everything that he can do but on September 14th he will be fast, younger and smart. He is the whole package but he has not put it all together because he has not fought Floyd Mayweather yet, he has not fought the best.”
Alvarez mentioned that he considered it an honor that De La Hoya has publicly said that he does not see the fight going more than eight rounds with “Canelo” winning by knockout.
“I don’t feel pressure because of his comments, I’m going to go in the ring and do my work,” he explained. “I am not looking for the knockout but if it happens, it happens. I am looking to win in any way.”
Eight-time and five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather has gone on record stating that Alvarez will not be his most difficult fight and that in fact, Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto was. Alvarez, modest and in control, stated that he was not concerned with what Mayweather had to say.
“I think that he is underestimating and I think that he is worried,” he said confidently. “He has always talked that way. I’m not worried about what he does or say. I’m only concentrating on what I’m saying and thinking.”
As far as the magnitude of the fight, one that is considered the biggest of the year despite the return of Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez in separate bouts on the horizon, Alvarez compared it to Salvador Sanchez’s win over Wilfredo Gomez as far as its significance in Mexican boxing history.
What would be expected with an Alvarez victory over Mayweather?
“There is a rematch clause and I think they would fight unless Floyd retires but I don’t see that happening,” De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, shared. “They are strong competitors so I am sure they would want to fight again.”
“I feel very confident, I have my game plan,” Alvarez said in closing after about an hour on the line. “I have to be very smart. I can’t say I have advantages but I have a very good game plan and I am going to win.”