Canelo Alvarez: Whenever You have a Mexican vs Mexican it's a Guaranteed Great Fight

Q
Canelo, I am wondering what was the lesson learned in the fight against Mayweather, and what will you bring from that fight into the ring, if anything, against Angulo?


Canelo
Well, I can't pinpoint one thing because I learned a lot in that fight, so it wasn't just one thing. But we did gain a lot of experience, and that will be noted in my fights in the future once I step into the ring to bring that out, and you will see that.


Q
Canelo, what general advice or counsel are you giving your brother about being on a big card like the one he was on in December, and he was successful. This one stands to be bigger. He stands to be in a tougher fight. Is there any general advice that you're giving him or counsel you're doing him going into this fight?


Canelo
Yes, of course. The advice I've always given him and will continue giving him is to concentrate on the fight, to concentrate on himself in the ring, to for the moment block off the people, the fans, the TV, the big arena - to block that out and concentrate just on what's in front of him and for that moment just feel like you're at home just like always. You've always been there. So that's the advice I give him.


Q
What are your thoughts on Angulo saying that he sparred with Andre Ward who he feels is bigger and more technically sound than you are. In fact, he thinks he is superior. What are your thoughts/comments on that?


Canelo
That's awesome. That's great. I'm grateful that he's preparing himself very well, and I'd let you know that I'm preparing myself very well too, and that just guarantees that when we come up in the fight we're going to have fun and we're going to give a great fight.


Q
I'm wondering what your thoughts are about having to go up against one of your countrymen? Do you like that, or do you prefer to fight, like when you fought Mayweather, an American or some other - when you fought for the title or when you fought a British fighter. Do you like Mexican fighters as opponents, or would you prefer not to fight Mexican opponents?


Canelo
I always like fighting fighters from all over the world, from different parts of the world, and that's always what I like. But in this particular case we crossed our path. This was destiny. This was the fight that made sense, and we're going to be there.


The only thing I can tell you is the good thing is whenever you have a Mexican versus a Mexican it's a guaranteed great fight, and that's what we're going to bring you March 8.


Q
Canelo, I don't know if you actually watched the fight between Alfredo Angulo and Erislandy Lara. If you have, I'm interested to hear what your opinion was about the way that fight went and the way the ending of the fight went.


Canelo
Definitely he showed tremendous heart. He did great. I mean, whether at that moment or if it would've gone to decision I think he would've won the fight - that he was winning, and that he would've won the fight if he continued.


You never know what kind of pain goes through him or went through him and made him decide to stop the fight at that moment. It's unknown. But at that moment if the fight would've continued or if it would've ended, he was winning, and would've won the fight in my eyes.


Q
I'm wondering how much desperation is there in you to make sure you don't lose a second fight in a row which could be considered disaster by some people, and then, by the way, the same thing for Angulo. How much desperation will there be for you also to win this fight?


Canelo
You know what? I'm prepared. I'm just very excited to get back in the ring, and we prepared really hard, and we always prepare for victory and to win, and that's what I'm looking forward to.


Q
People have a lot of positive things to say about your next opponent, Alfredo Angulo. There are also some negatives, people talking negatively about it. Do you think that the fight is getting the credit it deserves for the opponent that you have in front of you?


Canelo
Look, there are always going to be critics. There's always going to be people that have something negative to say. But at the same time, there's always going to be fans and supporters that are going to be coming out in full-fledge, and as you see tickets are showing it, the sales. But the most important thing here is we have to train with full conscious of what we have in front of us, of how dangerous Alfredo Angulo is and can be during the fight, and that's the important thing.

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