Canelo Alvarez: We Offered this fight to Cotto First, But he wasn't Ready

CANELO ALVAREZ, Former Super Welterweight World Champion

"Alfredo Angulo is a very strong fighter, and he knows how to come forward. He knows how to throw a punch and take a punch and he comes to fight.

 

"I'm sure you want to see a fight and you don't want to see a guy who is going to be running all night.

"I've prepared myself very well to give you all a great fight. I'm glad Alfredo has some fans here today, but my fans are better.

 

"I can't tell you all the things I learned from my last fight [against Floyd Mayweather on a record-shattering pay-per-view event last September], but there is a long list. I don't take it as a loss. I take it as a learning experience. And that is what's going to keep me going. That's the greatest thing about this sport. You learn and you move on.

 

"We have two different styles and you really can't compare the two. Angulo's aggressive. I've fought bigger guys but I see him as a middleweight coming down to super welterweight.

 

"We offered this fight to [Miguel] Cotto first, but he wasn't ready. We wanted to give you guys, the media, and the fans this fight. This is for the fans.

 

"Losing is part of boxing. Muhammad Ali lost and he's still the greatest of all time. So a loss isn't going to prevent me from being the future of boxing."

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