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Alvarez: 'Talker' Mayweather is 'very, very worried'
Canelo Alvarez on Floyd Mayweather's tactics: "I'm not saying that he's a dirty fighter...but he's a fighter that has a lot of experience, and, obviously, yes, he does use his elbows and forearms."
Canelo Alvarez said Floyd Mayweather Jr. is "very, very worried" while also "underestimating me the way that he's talking," even as Alvarez contends that the RING's No. 1-pound-for-pound fighter "never has gotten under my skin" during the promotion for their Sept. 14 clash at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Showtime Pay Per View.
The RING and WBC junior middleweight champion, Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 knockouts) made his assertions regarding Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) during Tuesday's international conference call.
Although Alvarez has reportedly experienced a revolving door of sparring partners due to injuries relating to their inability to stand up to his power, the 23-year-old Mexican star said that lightweight Karl Dargan and junior welterweight Keandre Gibson "did very good," adding, "they have very similar styles to Floyd, and they helped me very much."
Alvarez also said "it's an honor to hear those comments from [Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya]," who has stated publicly that Alvarez can score a knockout in less than eight rounds against Mayweather.
Alvarez also vowed that he is "going to be a lot faster" as a result of the 152-pound catchweight for the bout with Mayweather, 36, who earned the RING's 147-pound championship after defending his WBC belt with a unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero in May, and whose WBA 154-pound belt will be on the line opposite Alvarez.
"Counterpunching is going to help...Obviously, pressure as well," said Alvarez. "But smart pressure. Going in there not carelessly, but being very smart about it."
Below are several of Alvarez's notable comments from Tuesday's conference call.
Saul Alvarez on the notion that De La Hoya has laid out the blueprint for beating Mayweather, and whether he feels any pressure due to De La Hoya's prediction that he will win by knockout:
"It's actually an honor. It's an honor to hear those comments from Oscar that I'm going to win. Obviously, I'm preparing myself to win, and I have a certain game plan, and going to look for the knockout. Obviously, if it comes, then it comes.
"I've got my game plan, and I'm going to stick to it. But I don't like to predict anything. The only thing that I can predict is that I'm going to win the fight, and that's what I'm focused on, and that's what I've been working toward."
"I'm not saying that he's a dirty fighter. I'm not saying that. He's not a dirty fighter, but he's a fighter that has a lot of experience, and, obviously, yes, he does use his elbows and forearms.
"That's the kind of person that he is. But I don't care. I don't care what he's saying and I don't care what he's thinking. What I care about is what I'm saying and what I'm thinking. I'm controlling it, and that's what matters to me."
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