Alvarez, Morales fight for Mexican pride

Alvarez, Morales fight for Mexican pride

Published Sep. 6, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

As they prepare for their fights as part of the Sept. 17 "Star Power" boxing event, headlined by the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz, Canelo Alvarez and Erik Morales will be sharing some thoughts on their careers every week.

Alvarez will be defending his WBC light middleweight title against Alfonso Gomez in Los Angeles, and Erik Morales takes on Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC super lightweight title in Las Vegas on the Sept. 17 event on HBO Pay-Per-View (9 p.m. ET).

In our fourth installment, Morales and Alvarez talk about fighting on Mexican Independence Day weekend.

What does it mean to you fighting on Mexican Independence Day weekend?


Alvarez: It means a lot, as it became customary to fight on the patriotic days, and I am proud to represent my country, and I’ll do it with great honor and pride. I believe without a doubt that the month of September is the most patriotic of our nation and I really love to fight or be part of this great weekend.

In 2010 I fought on the weekend of independence of Mexico and defeated Carlos "Tata" Baldomir from Argentina. Now I hope I succeed in my fight against Alfonso Gomez in another weekend of the independence of Mexico.

Morales: Honestly I feel a little bad since Sept. 1 is the day of my birthday, and regularly fighting on the Independence Day of Mexico, I have to train, and logically I can not celebrate with my family.

However, since this is a very important date for the Mexicans, I also hope to celebrate with a victory on Sept. 17, because I want to win my fourth championship in four divisions.