Alvarez, Morales on money, movies, more

Alvarez, Morales on money, movies, more

Published Aug. 31, 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 third installment, Morales and Alvarez talk about spending their first paycheck, what they like to watch on TV and more.

What did you buy with your first big check. A car? Home? Rolex?


Alvarez: I always had the desire for a car, and the first thing I bought was a car. That was one of my greatest dreams, and thank God I got it.

Morales: The first thing I bought when I captured my first world belt was a few computers for the school where I studied in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. For me, it was a great satisfaction to do that. It was certainly one of the best things I've done thanks to the world title.

What TV shows do you watch that help you relax after a good day of training?

Alvarez: I like to watch action movies, and the comic ones are my favorites. Those ones entertain me after going to train really hard. I get to relax at my house, and when I have spare time I like to see those movies.

Morales: I love a lot of films that teach you lessons. The romantic ones are some of them, and, of course, I like dramas a lot. For example, I love the classics of Mexican cinema's great films as "Macario" with the great Ignacio Lopez Tarso. I don't like horror films because it's like a waste of time.

Do you live alone during training? Who are your roommates?

Alvarez: I do not live alone. My coaches and colleagues are there, too. My roommate is my coach, Eddy Reynoso. We have a lot of time together, and there is a great respect and camaraderie between us. We talk about many things, like life in general and my fights. Eddy is a student of boxing, and, really, we have a great time.

Morales: Yes, I live alone, but I'm surrounded by my team, which is usually very large, especially for championship fights, where I need so many people. I sleep alone, but my team is always with me.