LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) and former WBC and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) completed their final press conference yesterday at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas ahead of their Nov. 21 world championship showdown.
Cotto vs. Canelo is shaping up to be the biggest fight in boxing this year.Below is what the fighters had to say at the final main event press conference on Wednesday.
Canelo vs Cotto Live we are hours away from the fight. We had a great training camp in Los Angeles for several weeks. All I have to say is that I am ready for the fight. I know that Canelo is ready too. Let’s give the fans the fight they need from us,” Cotto said.“Thank you all for the support you’ve given me and this great event. Also, the reception that each and every one of you have given to me, I’m very grateful. I’ve had a great preparation,” Alvarez said.
“I’ve worked very hard. I am patiently waiting for Saturday night to have my hand raised in victory once again. It’s going to be a difficult fight, I know that, but that is why I prepared properly, and I am ready to give a great fight” Canelo added.
Cotto wasn’t afraid to bring his trash talk to the press conference as well, saying, “I don’t need a belt to fight Canelo”.Mauricio Sulaiman, the President of the WBC, added “I am proud to celebrate this highly anticipated match between two icons representing their countries, their legacy and their pride.
Cotto was stripped of his 160 pound title this week rather than agree to the demands of the ringmasters at the WBC, who wanted him to pay a US$300,000 sanctioning fee to keep his belt.
That is on top of the US$800,000 that Cotto was ordered to pay earlier to avoid meeting Golovkin so he could take on Alvarez instead.
“For US$1.1 million, I can buy any belt I want and be champion of whatever I want in my house,” Cotto said. “But this fight speaks for itself. I don’t need a belt for this fight.”
It is probably just as well, because the fight was barely a middleweight bout anyway. The two fighters agreed to meet at a 155 pound catchweight instead of fighting at the class limit of 160 pounds so the fight could get made.
Whatever the weight, the fight at the Mandalay Bay casino is a big one. Triple G will be at ringside, hoping that he will get the winner sometime next year, and unbeaten light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev will also be on hand.Just how many people will buy the fight after feeling burned by Mayweather-Pacquiao remains to be seen.CBSlocal.com
Promoters are hopeful a big Hispanic audience will produce about 1.5 million buys, but that seems wildly optimistic in the wake of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. “The problem is that maybe 2.3 million of the 4.4 million buys for Mayweather and Pacquiao were new homes and they won’t pay for a fight again because it was a dud,” De la Hoya said. “Now it’s our job to bring them back.”
De la Hoya believes Alvarez is the next big thing in boxing, ready to take over the pay-per-view dates in May and September that Mayweather dominated in recent years. Alvarez is already a consistent pay-per-view draw, with his only loss coming in a fight with Mayweather that he proved too inexperienced to win.Watch canelo vs cotto live streaming