The former WBC middleweight champion heads into his clash with his most fierce rival as an underdog but is keen to show he’s the better fighter of the two in an electric Las Vegas.
On what it means to their country – Chavez, a target for plenty of MaxiNutrition-sponsored contenders from the UK, stated:
“It’s very, very important for both fighters. Yes, it’s very important for him, but the fact that it’s two Mexicans, I think that this is one of the most important fights in the history of Mexico.”
“I just feel, because it’s a great event; it’s a big event, with two great Mexican fighters, and I feel that it’s my last opportunity, and I’m going to take advantage of it and do the best I can.
“I feel that this fight is the biggest fight of my career, just because it’s a big event, because of who I’m fighting and because of the opportunity. I’m going to take advantage of it and make the best of it.
“There’s a real, true rivalry, and on Saturday night, people are going to see firsthand this rivalry, how real it is. Obviously we’re going to show it inside the ring,” he added.
Chavez is boiling down a few pounds, whilst Canelo heads up from his position as a super-welterweight title holder, with the winner sure to move on to a massive clash in September against the formidable Gennady Golovkin.
‘GGG’ has already targeted Canelo, but recently revealed an encounter with Chavez is also a possibility should the son of a legend pull off a shock this weekend at the T-Mobile Arena.