Floyd Mayweather Jr is oozing with confidence as always, but legendary boxer Oscar De La Hoya believes Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is ready to surprise the skeptics in their highly-anticipated title showdown on September 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
During the press conference of “The One: Mayweather vs Canelo” in Los Angeles, De La Hoya boldly said that he is “convinced Canelo will win” against the seasoned and undefeated Mayweather.
The Golden Boy Promotions chief also added that he is quite sure that upcoming World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association middleweight title showdown will break all pay-per-view records and could be the best fight in the history of boxing.
Mayweather, as expected, did not appreciate the opinion of De La Hoya, a fighter that he once victimized in his colorful boxing career.
During his time at podium, Mayweather countered De La Hoya’s statement. He said: “They never said a word in the first nine cities. They were totally quiet. Now, all of a sudden we’re in L.A. and they’re talking big like, Canelo is the king. Well, as you saw, if you shoot shots at me, I’ll shoot shots back. How you react to me is how I’ll react to you. You show me respect, I show you respect.”
“I’m young, strong and rich. He may be number one in his division, but I’m number one in boxing. You’ll see on September 14,” Mayweather added.
Both fighters hold an impressive record, but Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) is absolutely the more-seasoned fighter. But despite the experience disadvantage, the 22-year-old Alvarez is also confident that he will emerge victorious in the biggest fight of his young career.
Alvarez said: “I don’t know who does, but I’m not going to lose. This is the fight the fans wanted to see. I’ll be ready whether and I have to box and move, or stand and slug. Mayweather is a very difficult fighter, one of the best, and he has a very difficult style.”
The “The One: Mayweather vs Canelo” fight card will be produced and distributed live on pay-per-view by Showtime, the new television partner of Mayweather after bolting out of HBO Sports.