Canelo, 26, fights Liam Smith on September 17 in a bid to win a third world title down at 154 pounds and De La Hoya is completely adamant that the Mexican superstar will challenge ‘GGG’ for his belts at the higher limit soon.
Well, it’s basically the team’s decision, you know? I mean, Canelo knows his body. His trainers know his body, and the bottom line is Canelo is a 154-pound fighter,” said De La Hoya.
“The fact that he fought at 155, people expect him to go up and fight at middleweight, and that’s not the case. He’s a 54-pounder, and he’s going to go up to 160 when his body feels ready.
“People will always talk and will always want the very best when you are on top of the world, and that’s what Canelo is right now. He’s on top. He is the star fighter in boxing, and people want him to fight the very best. And he has always fought the very best. And fighting a Golovkin is going to be no exception.
“He’s going to fight him, but when he’s ready to move up to 160,” he added>
The fighter himself is ready to please a mass of his compatriots in Texas less than two weeks from now and believes his preparation is key to going into the fight fully focused on the job at hand.
“I don’t feel any pressure whatsoever. The only pressure I have for any of my fights is just to prepare 100%. That’s it. That’s been my mindset, to be ready and prepare 100%. That’s where I get my confidence,” said Canelo.
“But none of that stuff really pressures me. I want to do my best and give a great performance.
“As far as being the next great from Mexico, no, I don’t really think about that. It’s no pressure whatsoever, as long as I’m doing my job,” he stated.