Canelo Alvarez: I Pick The Most Dangerous and the Best Fights

Canelo Alvarez

Good afternoon to everybody. I just want to let you know I'm very happy. I'm happy that the fight's right around the corner, and I want to let you know that I'm ready. I'm ready for that great night.

 

Q

The question is for Saul, for Canelo Alvarez, you mentioned that you've chosen opponents, more dangerous opponents than both Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather. Do you think that's going to put you even at a higher plateau, at a higher level in the future?

 

Canelo

No, the question was asked to me that I was in a position to pick opponents similar to Floyd and Manny, and my response was, look, I pick the most dangerous, the best fights because at the end of the day I fight for the fans and I want to give them the best fights out there. As far as getting further out in my career and reaching new heights, you know, by fighting the toughest fights, by fighting the best fighters out there, that's how I fulfill myself, taking on the biggest challenges. And time will tell.

 

Q

Canelo, you know how the passion in the Mexican fans are for futbol, soccer, a victory on the 12th for you, will that give us a little bit of satisfaction that Mexico was eliminated and give us that sense of patriotism?

 

Canelo

Yes, of course. And when it comes to World Cup Soccer we're all right there with the patriotism following our country, and I'm hoping that July 12th my victory will give all of my countrymen the same satisfaction as well and keep them happy.

 

Q

The question is for Oscar, Chris, and Canelo. What do you guys think of Mayweather taking over these dates so important to Mexico, like September, like May, dates that have in the past meant dates of Julio Cesar Chavez and Oscar De La Hoya, and do you see in the future these dates once again becoming dates, like Canelo Alvarez or even Abner Mares, who's on the card?

 

O. De La Hoya         

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez has given me strict orders, obviously he wants to follow in the footsteps of the great champions hailing from Mexico like Julio Cesar Chavez, fighters that have started the tradition of fighting Cinco de Mayo, started the tradition of fighting in September. Canelo now being a star of his own and a big draw and a person who the fans adore, me, as his promoter, it is my obligation to do what's best for the fighter. So we're obviously focusing 100% on Erislandy Lara and then we will be sitting down with Saul Canelo Alvarez and plan out his future.

 

Canelo

I want to retake those dates and bring them back. Those dates are Mexican dates, they're Mexican independence dates, and yes, for next year I will be fighting, I want to be fighting on those dates.

 

Q

What now do you expect to see in what you learned from Mayweather, building off the momentum from Angulo, what do you expect to show us tactically against Lara that shows your improvement?

 

Canelo          

Lara and his camp have their strategy and they're working their game plan. But I'm comfortable with mine. I'm working very hard. I'm working for this fight. Every fight is different. You prepare for every opponent differently. And I'm very confident that come July 12th once we're in the ring all the other stuff goes out the window and it's just him and I up in the ring. And that's what I'm preparing for, and that's what's going to take care of business on the 12th.

 

Q        

Oscar, can you weigh in on that? I know you actually stated that you were concerned about him taking this fight and in fact didn't want this fight necessarily for him. What about Canelo, has changed your mind? Do you expect to see a better Canelo than the one you saw against Floyd and Angulo?

 

O. De La Hoya         

Yes, when people say I didn't want this fight for him, obviously it wasn't the first choice. As a promoter you don't want the most difficult fight out there for him. But this is what Canelo's all about, ultimately it's his decision, and his decision is a very calculated decision. He's confident in his abilities, and he wants to fight the very best. That's the bottom line. And me as a promoter and me as an ex-fighter, I look at it in two ways. Here I was as a fighter fighting the very best, just like Canelo's doing, and as a promoter this wasn't my first choice. But you have to go with what the fighter says, with what the fighter feels. And this is what is most admirable of Canelo Alvarez is that he wants to please the fans. He wants to give the fight fans the most difficult fights out there.

 

Q

Have you talked to Canelo since he decided, and you've all decided, that this is the fight he's going to take and kind of gotten a glimpse of what he thinks he can do in this fight? And if so, I guess not without revealing too many secrets, what do you think you're going to see in terms of improvement?

 

O. De La Hoya         

Well, obviously Canelo's a fighter who continues to improve, who continues to grow. He is a fighter who has tremendous, tremendous abilities inside the ring. We feel that with Austin Trout Canelo saw things in Austin Trout, we saw things in Austin Trout, and the same here with Erislandy Lara, yes, he's very difficult and it's a difficult style, it's a tough test in front of him, but like we saw something with Austin Trout you always see something with Erislandy Lara, you see things that obviously Canelo can do and take advantage of. But only the fighter can tell you. The fighter can tell you exactly what he saw and what makes him believe that he can beat him.

 

Q

Canelo, Erislandy says that the Angulo that you fought was a lesser Angulo than the one he fought. Tell us, was that an improved Canelo Alvarez, or a lesser Angulo, as Lara said?

 

Canelo          

It doesn't matter what they say. They can say whatever they want. I'm not going to lose sleep over that. I know what I did. I know I did a very good fight. But that fight's behind us. That fight's in the past. Now I'm preparing for the next fight and for the future.

 

Q

This is a great matchup, but the fight got made at 154 pounds, I hadn't heard from Canelo, from his own words as to why he was not interested to fight for the title belt that Lara has.

 

O. De La Hoya         

This fight is not about a title. This fight is about honor and glory..

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