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Alvarez calm in the eye of Mayweather storm
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on fighting Floyd Mayweather: "I have the same boxing skills. I'm a good boxer, too. I'm a good boxer and you'll see it on Sept. 14. You're going to see the result. I'm going to out-box him."
"Let me be honest with you, I had that feeling, like, when you want to fight. I wanted to exchange right there," said Alvarez, who faced off with Mayweather before close to 1,000 fans who had packed the Howard Theatre prior to their press conference.
"I wanted to. You feel that. It's like 'Mayweather is here, and I'm here. Let's do it.' That's what I was thinking inside. There were no nerves. I was calm. Most of you people, the writers, you know that I'm a very calm guy, inside and outside of the ring."
Not only was Tuesday the second press conference during which Alvarez had to quell that rush of intensity, but the 22-year-old Mexican star will have to do so at least nine more times during an 11-city promotional tour in advance of their clash on Sept. 14 Showtime Pay Per View event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
"It's the biggest tour that we've ever done. My son, Nick, who is on the tour with me, he counted 18 SUVs and three private jets; it's a massive undertaking," Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.
"This is really gaining momentum, and momentum, and today, the tickets have gone on sale, so there is a lot of focus on the tour right now."
Mayweather (44-0, 26 knockouts), THE RING's No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, will meet THE RING's 154-pound champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) as the headliner to an event being billed as "The One." The event is promoted by Golden Boy in association with Mayweather Promotions.
"You don't have to speak the same language. If you want to express something to someone, you can see it in their eyes," said Alvarez, who speaks broken English, while Mayweather does not speak Spanish.
Mayweather is coming off a one-sided unanimous decision victory over Robert Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs) in May, prior to which his father and trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr., and his counterpart, Ruben Guerrero, nearly came to blows during the final pre-fight press conference.
In that situation, it was Floyd Mayweather Jr. who served as the voice of reason and the calming force, and Alvarez says he has no reason to believe that the veteran will behave any differently for their fight.
"With Floyd Mayweather, you can expect anything. I'm ready, my team is ready, for any brawl or anything. But I don't think that it's going to happen. He's very professional, and I'm very professional. You know how I am," said Alvarez, who will turn 23 next month.
On Monday, at New York's Times Square, it was Alvarez, who was the more popular boxer to the partisan Latino crowd of around 2,000 who chanted his nickname "Canelo." But at the Howard Theatre, it was the eight-belt winning Mayweather who rallied the fans with his mantra, shouting "hard work," and eliciting their responses of "dedication" during his turn at the podium.
"I'm really, really impressed with how calm Canelo is. He's very focused. I would have expected in New York that it would be a 60-40 crowd in favor of Mayweather, maybe 60 to 70 percent for Mayweather and 30 to 40 percent for Canelo, but it was the other way around," said Schaefer.
"There were more fans in Times Square for Canelo than there were for Maywather. People here in the United States have clearly caught on to Canelo, and you can see that he is happy about it and he is confident and he wants to perform for them, and he has no doubt -- the slightest doubt -- that he's going to win that fight."
During his most recent fight in April, Alvarez scored the most impressive victory of his career to date with a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten southpaw Austin Trout.
But Alvarez said that Mayweather, a major step up, will bring out the best in him.
"Everything is different. Bigger name. Clever fighter. The best fighter. The best venue. The best network. Everything is different. Austin Trout was a good fighter. Remember, we drew almost 40,000 people for that fight. But this is different. You can already tell by the media, the fans and everything. This is a big event," said Alvarez.
Unlike other fighters, however, Alvarez believes that he can match Mayweather's ring wizardry.
De La Hoya lost by split-decision to Mayweather in May of 2007, and Mosley staggered Mayweather in the second round of his unanimous decision loss in May of 2010.
"Canelo is going to train for eight weeks in Big Bear, where, now, Shane Mosley is giving him his house to use there," said Schaefer. "And Shane is actually going to be helping him out with some of the sparring as well. Oscar's going to help him with his experience."
Like Mosley, De La Hoya could wind up working out with Alvarez as well.
"I'm going to be advising, for no fee, free of charge, Canelo, as we're on this tour. I'll give him little things here and there. I'm already actually working out. This whole trip, I've been training and working out, and not for a comeback, but, to, maybe, get into the ring with Canelo and to give him pointers," said De La Hoya.
Mosley had amassed a record of 21 straight wins over Mexican rivals before losing in May of 2012 to Alvarez, who said he owes yet another resounding win to his Mexican fans against Mayweather.
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