The blog was taken from a press release distributed by Golden Boy Promotions, the lead promoter of the HBO Pay Per View-televised card featuring Floyd Mayweather Jr. against Miguel Cotto in the main event.
Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 knockouts) is 19 years younger than the 40-year-old Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KOs), who is 0-2-1 in his past three fights, having sandwiched a draw with junior middleweight Sergio Mora in September of 2010 between one-sided losses to Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Alvarez is returning to the MGM Grand, site of Mosley’s losses to Mayweather and Pacquiao, and, like Mosley, is training in Big Bear, Calif.
Among the most notable wins for Alvarez was stopping former welterweight titleholder Carlos Baldomir with a sensational overhand right for a sixth-round knockout that left Baldomir lying face-first on the canvas in September of 2010.
In defeating Baldomir, Alvarez stopped a man who had gone the distance with Mayweather and the late Vernon Forrest. Baldomir had been stopped only one other time, by Paulo Alejandro Sanchez, and that was in the second round of his seventh pro fight in May 1994.
Another signature win for Alvarez was his fifth-round stoppage of two-time beltholder Kermit Cintron in his last fight in November.
How impressive would it be for Alvarez to stop Mosley?
“I would expect [Alvarez] to look better than Pacquiao and Mayweather did against Mosley because that’s the type of talent that Canelo has,” said Golden Boy Promotions’ President, Oscar De La Hoya, who lost twice to Mosley. “I don’t expect him to go and look for the knockout with Shane Mosley…because if you look for the knockout, you won’t get it. But he didn’t look for the knockout against Baldomir.”
“So you just never know what’s going to happen in that ring, especially when you’re facing Canelo. I would be pleasantly surprised if Canelo knocks [Mosley] out. Obviously, it would catapult him to just another stratosphere. Nobody has ever been able to knock out Shane Mosley, including myself and including the best in the world. If a 21-year-old fighter named Canelo can do it, then that will be huge.”
Tuesday, April 24
Question for Alvarez: You’re a champion at age 21, so you’d appear to have a long road ahead. What are your long-term goals? Any fights you really want to make? Titles across multiple divisions? Pound-for-pound glory?
“I don’t tend to think of the future in those specific of terms. Of course, I have lot of personal goals as a fighter and as a man. I don’t tend to think about much besides the present and what I need to do now. Focus is something I pride myself on. It really is.
“I see, in a lot of my peers, a lack of focus on the fights themselves, and I wonder why some of them even fight. Sure, it’s easy to get lost in the hoopla and the ‘what’s next’ discussion. But if I don’t box the best I can right now, then there is no next. I am a professional boxer, and my entire focus is winning these fights.
“I am training very had and making immense progress. The determination I have in training now will propel me to a victory on May 5, not thinking to what I have left to do. I am 21, so I know many opportunities will be presented, and I look forward to them. But like I said, that doesn’t affect me as a fighter right now.
“I am proud of what I have accomplished so far, and I will be proud to win on May 5. I’ve heard some people ask ‘well what if you don’t win?’ The truth is that isn’t an option to me. I don’t fathom any situation where I don’t win. That’s really it. But I know it won’t be easy, and I embrace the challenge whole-heartedly.”
Photo by Tom Hogan, Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
Photo by Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
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