By Marc Livitz: Future hall of fame fighter “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez each took part in a media conference call this afternoon to discuss their upcoming bout on May 5 for Alvarez’s WBC Super Welterweight title. The matchup will take place as the co-main event for “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto”, which will feature Floyd Mayweather, Jr. facing Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto for Cotto’s WBA Super Welterweight title. Founder Oscar de la Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions opened the call with a feeling of excitement and equal anticipation in the hopes for a great night of boxing.
“Hi everyone and thanks for joining us today. We are getting close to “Ring Kings”, which will take place on May 5. The co-main event of course is “Canelo” Alvarez versus “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Thanks so very much to all of our sponsors. We’re excited that HBO’s “24/7” series will debut this coming Saturday. This event will be broadcast in high definition in over 440 movie theaters as well as being available in your home. Saul Alvarez is 39-0 with 29 knockouts and he turned pro in 2005 when he was just 15 years old and he’s already Mexico’s brightest young star. I’ve witnessed him firsthand and he does have a rock star-like following and he has amazing ratings on Televisa. He’s considered to be Mexico’s next boxing icon. He’s been training in Big Bear, California.”
“Canelo” Alvarez took to the phone immediately after his promoter and shared his respect for his opponent. Said Alvarez, “I’m happy to be on a card of this magnitude and to be fighting someone like Mosley. I can assure everyone that they’ll go home happy.”
As expected by many, the age difference between the two fighters (Alvarez is 21, while Mosley is 40) was brought up multiple times throughout the call. However, Saul made sure that all were resoundingly aware that he was not at all overlooking his opponent and that he wouldn’t be searching specifically for a knockout.
“I’m very motivated to fight someone like Shane. I used to watch lots of videos of Mosley to learn techniques. I have seen how he punches and counter punches. I’ve seen his movements. I know that once I’m in the ring, there may be obstacles, but I know I’ll come out on top. I’m preparing for everything and to go twelve rounds. I’m going in there to win, but I won’t be looking for the knockout. Many are saying that I’m the favorite. Mosley was not a champion for nothing and I cannot underestimate him. I’ll be very smart in picking my punches and I think I’ll be fighting the best Shane Mosley ever.”
If there was a “coming out” party for Saul Alvarez, many signs would point to his knockout victory over former champion Carlos Baldomir of Argentina. The two met in September of 2010 as part of the undercard of Shane Mosley’s bout with Sergio Mora in Los Angeles, which ended in a draw. During the main event, much of the crowd at Staples Center was loudly chanting, “Canelo”. Alvarez remembers the evening with much reverence.
“Yes, of course. The (Carlos) Baldomir fight opened up many doors for me. While Mosley and Mora were fighting, there were many people screaming out my name and that was a good feeling.”
Oscar de la Hoya fielded a few questions as well. The former six-division champion indicated he was hesitant to to pencil in his fighter to be the first to knock out Shane Mosley. De la Hoya was twice defeated by Mosley in 2000 and 2003, respectively. The Golden Boy Promotions Founder spoke of this a bit. “I don’t expect him to look for the knockout. You just never know what will happen. I would be pleasantly surprised if “Canelo” knocks him out and that would catapult him into another stratosphere. No one has been able to do that, including myself and the best pound for pound fighters in the world.”
De la Hoya is among the most popular and loved boxers in history and he is already able to see parallels between his past career and that of the blossoming fighter from Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX. “If you were to compare him with the other fighters (including himself) once you consider his age, he’s very popular now. He’ll get through this fight and hopefully become one of the most popular fighters ever.”
“Ring Kings” is showcasing two bouts which in themselves could possibly be two separate events all together, but de la Hoya is looking forward to putting together more events of this magnitude. “This could have been two totally separate cards, but this is what we’re trying to do for the fans. We hope to bring the best fighters together”, he said.
Shane Mosley lost a lopsided unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in September 2010. “Canelo” Alvarez fought on the undercard that evening and admitted that he has been hoping for a bout with the pound-for-pound king for quite a while now. He’s willing to wait for now and play by the rules. “Floyd is on the throne. He makes the decisions. We just have to keep working hard and winning fights, but I can only do one at a time.”
Moments after Alvarez thanked the media for taking part in the call, he left the conference and handed the activities over to “Sugar” Shane Mosley.
The Pomona, California based fighter is a former world champion in four divisions, but he is winless in his last three fights (0-2-1) since his stunning knockout of Antonio Margarito in January of 2009.
Shane was much more reserved and quiet than his Mexican opponent during the call. “I’m happy to be here and I’ve had a great camp. I’m looking forward to a great matchup with “Canelo””, said Mosley.
“Sugar” was quick to point out that he refused to be designated as any fighter’s “stepping stone”, as Alvarez is a heavy betting favorite for their contest on May 5.
“All my victories are in the past and so now, I have to win another belt. I plan to win this fight and go on to bigger and better things. I always view the situation as my back being against the wall. I come to fight regardless of how long the it lasts. I have nothing against Canelo or his camp. He a great, young fighter.”
Shane furthermore seemed more intent on the task at hand rather than adding to the legacy that he has created for himself within the sport. Said Mosley, “It means a lot, but just winning this title will mean a lot more. My ultimate goal is to win this belt.”
Most oddsmakers are not counting on Mosley to turn back the clock as he did against Antonio Margarito in 2009. He has had a few distractions that may have interfered with his preparation, most notably a highly publicized divorce. Issues such as this once compounded with his age have led many to believe that he may not have much of a puncher’s chance to defeat the undefeated fan favorite from Mexico.
“Overall, my approach to training has changed because of my age, but I feel that everything has improved. I’ve been doing much more running and my movement is now better. I am not concerned about my age. I will be able to do things on May 5 that I was unable to do in previous fights.”
April 12, 2012