Canelo Alvarez will fight "Sugar" Shane Mosley on May 5 as part of an HBO pay-per-view card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Leading up to the bout, the 21-year-old boxer is sharing weekly thoughts and training updates.
Question: Mosley is the highest-profile fighter you will have fought, and even at age 40, he probably will be the biggest test you’ve faced. Is this too early in your career, too late or right on time for an opponent of his caliber?
Alvarez: This is exactly the right time in my career for this fight. I have been waiting for the opportunity to prove to the boxing world that I am a great fighter and I am ready for these kinds of matches.
The 2011 fight where I defeated Kermit Cintron in the fifth round by TKO was a big moment for me. I spent the necessary time in the beginning of the fight feeling out Cintron, assessing what I had to do to win it. I proved that my power and speed are what makes me ready.
I have incredible energy, and the May 5 fight will prove just that. I remember back in 2005 I fought Abraham Gonzalez in my professional debut and there was a lot of pressure on me. I went out there and won and proved what I will prove against Mosley.
People might like to use my age against me, saying I’m too inexperienced to fight this kind of match. The truth is that I have been a fighter my entire life and if anything, my age is an asset. I look at other fighters my age and see pure aggression, but not tactical strategy. Look at any fight I’ve had with boxers and you’ll see just that.
I am greatly looking forward to this challenge on May 5, but in my head and soul, I know I will emerge the victor and put to rest any concern about who I am fighting. I want to fight the best fighters out there and win. I can do that.