Erislandy Lara hopes an impressive performance against Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 12, will lead to a multi million showdown Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Speaking at a press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday to officially announce his bout with Alvarez, Lara,19-1-2-(12), said: “This is the fight we pushed for and this is the fight we got. Now it’s time to go to work. It’s going to be a great fight. Canelo is young and strong. I’m going to do what I do, which is box beautifully and fight if I have to, and it’s going to be a really interesting fight for the fans.
“First, I’ll be focused on Canelo Alvarez, and I’m going to handle business on July 12th. Once I get that done with Canelo hundred percent, Floyd Mayweather is who I want. But first things first, let’s take care of business.
In the meantime Alvarez, who dropped a decision to Mayweather Jr in 2013, has revealed one of the reasons he agreed to face Lara.
“I was offended on Twitter,” Alvarez said. “They said a bunch of things about me, but it doesn’t matter. I’m here to prove who I am and I’m going to win on July 12th. The fans kept asking for it, not because he’s such a great fighter, but because he was talking so much [expletive] on twitter. He offended me and he offended my character.”
May 6, 2014