Canelo ‘very confident’ of Mayweather win, stops short of predicting KO

WBC and WBA light-middleweight king Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez is being tipped by promoter Oscar De La Hoya to not only beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday night in Las Vegas, but to spectacularly knock him out.

Alvarez, 23, takes a massive step up from recent opposition to face the pound for pound best at the MGM Grand and according to De La Hoya, has the skills to end the unbeaten reign of Mayweather.

When speaking in the build-up to what will be the biggest fight in some years, the likeable Mexican was more cautious about predicting anything in the fight as he comes up against the pound for pound best in the world this weekend.

“It’s an honor to hear those comments from Oscar that I’m going to win. Obviously, I’m preparing myself, you know, to win, and I have a certain game plan,” said Alvarez.

“I’m not going to look for the knockout. Obviously if it comes it comes. I’ve got my game plan; I’m going to stick to it and I don’t like to predict anything. The only thing 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 towards.

“I just feel very confident that I’m going to win. I’m going to have my game plan and I’m going to go in to the fight very, very smart. I can’t really say that I have that many advantages, but I have a very, very good game plan and I’m going to go in there very smart and I know I’m going to win the fight.”

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