(On his potential)
"I’ve always said that I’ve never fought to my potential but that’s because I’ve never had an opponent to bring it out. I feel that maybe Mayweather will be the one to bring it out.
"I’m not coming just to fight, I’m coming to win.’’
(On feeling he doesn’t get the proper respect)
"I think a lot of people underestimate me, but those people are mostly critics, reporters. You never hear anything from the guys I fight. It’s only from those outside the ring that think I am beatable.’’
(On fighting on Mexican Independence Day Weekend)
"This is a big day, an important time. It’s Mexican Independence day. I know I’ll have a lot of people there to support me.’’
(On studying film)
"I’ve studied tapes of the fights he (Mayweather) had trouble in, like those against Miguel Cotto and Jose Luis Castillo. I’m looking for ways to penetrate Mayweather’s defense like they did. Cotto had success, but couldn’t maintain it. I plan to maintain it.’’
"I don’t think it’s important to get off to a fast start and just win the early rounds. I want to win all the rounds. All the rounds are important, from the first to the last and I want to win them all.’’
(Toughest part of being at training camp and away from home)
"I miss not seeing my daughter. I miss not being with her.’’
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, President of Golden Boy Promotions
"I remember the first time I fought in a fight like this, a fight of this magnitude, and how I excited I was. Fighting on Mexican Independence Day is such an honor. You know both guys are going to be in great shape and it is going to be an exciting main event. But I’m betting on my horse. I feel it could be time for the changing of the guard.
"This is going to be a very interesting night of boxing, and definitely a memorable one. It’s already a record-breaking event and now we’ll see if it breaks the (pay-per-view) record. With all the social and media outlets out there, chances are that it might.’’
CHEPO REYNOSO, Canelo’s Trainer
"I’ve known Canelo since he began to box when he was 13. [Co-trainer] Eddie [Reynoso] and I have been with him from the start. He’s the same kid now as he was then, very humble yet very dedicated.
"Canelo was always very strong but now he possesses the intelligence. We always knew from day one that he would be great.
"Floyd Sr. has said some negative things about Eddie and I. He’s questioned us as cornermen and trainers. Well, we’ve had five world champions and been involved in 40 world title fights. The Mayweathers [Floyd Sr., Roger and Jeff] may be more popular and well-known because they were pro fighters, but it doesn’t hurt their reputations that they work with a superstar.
"I think after Canelo wins on September 14, people will realize that he has a pretty good corner too. Eddie and I may not have the reputation that the Mayweathers have, but we know we can do the job. People will see on Sept. 14.
"Watching Canelo win, watching Floyd Mayweather go down, that’s our ultimate goal.’’
RICARDO ALVAREZ, Canelo’s Brother (Eight years older)
"Our entire family is very excited and motivated for this fight. We’ve known since the very beginning how great Canelo could be. The magnitude of this fight is enormous, but there is no doubt in any of our minds that he is going to win.
"Around the house, he was always called ’Saul.’ Of course, worldwide, he is known mostly as ’Canelo.’ But for me, his older brother, he will always be known as ’Pecas’ [which translated into English means ’Freckles’]."
"Freckles" will try to leave his mark on Mayweather and the boxing world on Sept. 14.
August 29, 2013