Alvarez just another stepping stone, says Mayweather
Unbeaten American writes off Mexico's Alvarez for much-hyped super-welterweight title bout
Five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jnr wrote off Saul "Canelo" Alvarez as just "another stepping stone, another opponent" ahead of their much hyped super welterweight title boxing fight in Las Vegas tomorrow morning (Hong Kong time).
American Mayweather will put his unbeaten record on the line when he challenges the red-haired Mexican for the WBC and WBA super welterweight crowns at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and says he is ready for anything that Alvarez throws his way.
"If the game plan is to keep pressure, I can handle it," Mayweather, 36, said during the final news conference for what could end up being the richest fight of all time.
"If the game plan is to outbox me, nobody can outbox me. You have to be able to outmatch me mentally, and I'm the strongest mental fighter in the sport of boxing. I've been here before so I know what it takes.
"He's 42-0, but he hasn't faced 42 Floyd Mayweathers because he'd be 0-42. I'm at the pinnacle. I'm the face of boxing," said the American, who prides himself on lightning hand speed and agile movement around the ring.
Widely regarded as one of the best defensive fighters of all time and long renowned for his trash-talking, Mayweather has compiled a flawless professional record of 44-0 with 26 knockouts. "Career wise, I'm OK, no matter what the outcome is," he said. "I never worry about the outcome. When I go into any fight, I'm not focused on the money or anything.
"I'm focused on going out there, performing well, and giving the fans what they want to see - excitement. That's what it's all about; it's about the fans winning.
"September 14 is just another stepping stone, another opponent to me. But he knows he's facing Floyd Mayweather; I'm facing just another opponent."
Mayweather, who is nicknamed "Money" for his flamboyant and often extravagant lifestyle, is guaranteed a record US$41.5 million from this fight while the 23-year-old Alvarez will earn US$12.5 million, by far the biggest payday of his career.
Billed as "The One", the heavily marketed bout has already produced a record live gate of US$19.91 million and could approach record revenue from its pay-per-view buys.
"I can turn any fighter into a star," said Mayweather, who dominated fellow American Robert Guerrero with sublime defence and a steady parade of right hands in his most recent bout, in May, to retain his WBC welterweight championship.
"I don't worry about running out of opponents. I've got guys under my banner I can turn into stars and fight.
"It's about being entertaining. I feel like if I didn't step up to the plate and speak my mind or be flashy and flamboyant then I probably wouldn't be in the position that I'm in right now. I think it's a gift."
For his part, Alvarez is excited about the prospect of becoming the first professional to beat Mayweather, especially given that the fight scheduled for 12 rounds will be contested on Mexican Independence weekend.
"I don't care about his record," said the Guadalajara-born boxer, (42-0-1, 30 knockouts).
"I'm not coming to make a good fight, I'm coming to win."