Ãlvarez at Los Pinos, 2013
|Real name||Santos SaÃºl Ãlvarez BarragÃ¡n|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Reach||70 1â„2 in (179 cm)|
July 18, 1990 |
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
|Wins by KO||34|
I'm prepared for Amir Khan moving swiftly – or for whatever style he comes out using. I prepared with sparring, in the style similar to what he uses.
As far being the face of boxing, I don't like to name myself that. I leave that up to the media and the fans.
I'm training and preparing because nothing is predictable in boxing. I'm preparing for those rounds, and if it happens that I get a shot, whatever advantage I have, I will be ready for 12 rounds.
I've learned from every single fight, every single opponent – some great fighters.
I was made fun of at a young age. I would fight a lot in the streets, and it has a lot to do with the way I am today. It helped my development as a fighter, but what can I say?
I do two months of strict dieting, so after fight night, I go for whatever my body is craving. It's usually sushi. But after that, I go home to Guadalajara and indulge in a lot of tacos before I have to start getting in shape for another fight.
I like working with my own body weight, and I just do the best job I can to be healthy and strong, both before and after a fight.
I feel honored that the Hispanic community in the United States have embraced me. I'm really happy and honored to receive their support.
A fighter lives in his training camp, and I'm not always paying attention to what is happening on the outside. But I do know the Mexican people and the Mexican-American people in this country are very hard-working people. That's my only comment about Donald Trump.
If the people like watching me, see me as an example of someone succeeding, as a young guy who has the will to win, then I'm happy.
I had 45 amateur fights, and I was able to win two national titles in those three years as an amateur.
You can have the best training, but just feeling full can make you sluggish and cause you to lose.
If other people want to say that I'm the next person in boxing, then that's up to them. That's their opinion.
There might well have been an Irish great-great-grandfather of mine back then in the 1800s.
I don't prepare myself for a specific fighter. I don't choose a fight to prepare myself for another fighter.
I'm very conscious of Miguel Cotto's career… I need to do my part on that night to have victory and create my own legacy in this sport of boxing.
I started boxing because of my brother. And then I came to admire the all-time greats, like Roberto Duran and Muhammad Ali. I'd say I admired Ali more than any fighter in my life.
There are no secrets – I've been fighting around 154 lbs and 155 lbs, so I feel comfortable at this weight. This is my weight class.
I never think about the knockouts. I go into every fight, do my work, and none of that stuff puts pressure on me at all.
It's a big responsibility and great motiviation to be a Mexican fighter who is admired, and I thank God for the support I get from Mexicans on both sides of the border.
There have been numerous tips and numerous people offering advice. I appreciate it because it all comes with good feelings from the heart. But some of it we'll apply, and some things we won't.
Getting to fight at the AT&T Stadium is a huge privilege for me and my career.
There are boxing fans, and there are fans of the UFC. People want to see blood, but people like both.
I'm 25 years old; I've had a good career, and the best is yet to come. I want to fight for the next 10 years, which will be better than my first 10 years.
I will fight 'GGG,' and I will beat 'GGG,' but I will not be forced into the ring by artificial deadlines.
Fighting Manny Pacquiao in the future – there's possibilities it could happen. But whatever happens in the future happens in the future.
There are great legends and great fighters in the history of Mexico, and there will be more to come.
I have been fighting the best. I am just 26 and have fought in the biggest arenas.
My fans are going to support me through thick and thin; 100 per cent, they'll always support me.
Athletes can definitely have an impact on society. And it's great that athletes can be a part of uniting the population.
I like to stand right in front of my opponent. I think it makes for an exciting fight.
At times, training at home is a distraction, so training in Big Bear was a really good change.
Every fight brings out something different in me, and it will be no different in this one. I have learned and gained from all of those experiences. And as I've often said, the public hasn't seen the best of me yet. I need someone like Mayweather to bring that out of me.
For the entirety of my career, I have taken the fights that no one wanted because I fear no man.
Angulo presents a difficult challenge because he's a fighter who can punch and take a great punch.
Liam Smith was a resilient fighter. He was tough, has a lot of heart. He thinks before he attacks.
Obviously I'm fast, and I'm going to have to utilize that speed, but I'm also going to have to be smart. I'm also strong, and I have a punch, so I'm going to have to use all my qualities to be able to fight against Angulo, and I just feel whoever's the best prepared that night is going to win.
I'm honored and blessed by God to be in the sport I love, and I want to accomplish all the goals I set in the sport of boxing – to be successful and make history.
I want to be like a Muhammad Ali, like a Julio Cesar Chavez. So when people talk about boxing, they have to remember Canelo.
You always try to fight someone from another country. But having said that, the public knows, everybody knows, when there's two Mexicans in the ring, there will be a war.
My public in Guadalajara and the people from Guadalajara, they've supported me since day one.
I'm very happy with what I've accomplished, but we're going for more.
I get motivated by the fact people are following me, that they want a photo or say 'vamos' or 'Canelo.'
Many people focus on my power and talk about my power, but I have many more qualities in the ring. I like to surprise everyone.
I'm a strong fighter, I'm a fighter who can adapt to my surroundings.
If I lift any weights, I do it more for explosion, but I really use my body weight to build up muscle and strength.
I don't focus much on video. I watch here and there, perhaps two or three of my opponent's fights. That gives me a good idea of his style.
I take the time to look at my videos after a fight to see not what I did right but what I did wrong, to learn from those mistakes.
When I first stepped into the boxing gym, I loved it. I knew it was what I was going to do.