Canelo makes Floyd Mayweather admission, aims to re-write history
Despite preparing for his fifteenth world title fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend, having lost just once to Floyd Mayweather, three-division world champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has insisted the best is yet to come.
The Mexican superstar puts his WBC and WBA ‘Super’ titles on the line as he aims to become unified middleweight division against IBF champion Daniel ‘Miracle Man’ Jacobs.
Canelo, who enters his second fight under the DAZN banner alongside Oscar De La Hoya, has admitted every fight brings a new challenge.
“I’ve had many fights I’ve learned. Every fight. At different levels you learn something that, and that is where I am today because of all those fights. The experience I have today is because of fights in the past,” said Canelo.
“But it’s not only those fights. It’s the ones from here on out. In boxing, you never stop learning. I continue to learn. Also, I continue to put it into practice.”
The 28-year-old signed a record-breaking five-year, $365m deal with DAZN, and since the retirement of Floyd Mayweather Jr., has become the most marketable fighter in world boxing.
However, with big money comes big pressure. Canelo will put everything on the line on May 4 in a bid to strengthen his legacy inside the sport.
With millions of dollars being injected into boxing, the star has admitted he is aware of the extra motivation his opponents may now have.
“Look, right now more than ever everybody wants to fight me, to beat me. Obviously, that’s the biggest thing for them. They want to come and beat me.
“We’re always exposed to that. In boxing anything can happen. That’s why today I train harder than ever. So that it doesn’t happen and we continue with victories and continue winning.”
Asked what he learned from his solitary reverse to Mayweather, Canelo replied: “Every single one (fight has taught me something).
“Every single one has taught me something, given me the experience, the maturity, and made me the fighter that I am today. I learned from every single fight.
“I want to be remembered as one the greats in boxing, and that’s why I continue to work hard and continue taking on these type of fights, so I can continue writing history.”