Canelo Alvarez believes that he will “find a way” to land his shots against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday and the defending junior middleweight champ says sparring with lighter-weight fighters helped make him sharp enough to do so.
RingTV consulted a panel of 41 boxing insiders to get their picks for this Saturday’s main event between RING pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. and junior middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez.
Floyd Mayweather believes that Canelo Alvarez’s fans are being lured “because he knocked Carlos Baldomir out, and I went the distance with Baldomir.”
Floyd Mayweather in regard to his past: “No one is perfect…The only thing that I can do is try to become a better person, each and every day.”
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.”
Saul Alvarez ended Shane Mosley’s run of 21 straight victories over rivals of Mexican descent when they fought last May, and now he is looking to for a similar, if not, more impressive result against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather on the notion that Oscar De La Hoya has given Canelo Alvarez the blueprint to beat him: “Oscar De La Hoya, I kicked his ass, and everybody that Oscar De La Hoya gave the blueprint to, I kicked their ass too.”
Oscar De La Hoya predicts that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will stop Floyd Mayweather inside of eight rounds; Tim Bradley spars with Lucas Matthysse.
Renowned painter Richard T. Slone, official artist for the International Boxing Hall of Fame, has been hired to illustrate Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez in advance of their Sept. 14 bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Wladimir Klitschko will defend his RING heavyweight championship against unbeaten Alexander Povetkin on Oct. 5 in Moscow. The two Olympic champs spoke about the fight at a press conference on Monday.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be honored as Male Fighter of The Year by the Nevada Hall of Fame on Saturday, where the first inductees wil include Mike Tyson and Sugar Ray Leonard, as well as trainers Eddie Futch and Freddie Roach.