In the latest training camp interview and update leading up to Canelo Alvarez vs. Liam Smith, Canelo responds to a question about his place in Mexican boxing history.
Looking at Mexican boxing today, you are probably one of the best fighters from that country right now. What do you have to do from now on to make sure you belong in the rich history go Mexican boxing?
“I feel like I am making my way into that pantheon. Mexican fighters have the reputation of taking on everyone and leaving everything in the ring. If you look at my record and the way I fight, I am trying to follow that model.
“Anyone who knows me understands how much my country means to me. I was born in Mexico, I live in Mexico, and I spend most of my down time in Mexico, as well. I grew up idolizing Mexican fighters of the previous generations.
“Fighting and beating Miguel Cotto and playing a role in the Mexico versus Puerto Rico rivalry was among the biggest highlights of my boxing life.
“But I also realize I am still young and have to keep working to be known as one of the all-time greats of Mexican boxing. That is a major motivation for me.
“So I will continue to do what I have done since I was 15 years old: Take my training seriously, fight the best of the best and take nothing for granted. If I am lucky enough to be considered among the all-time greats of Mexican fighters, I will be extremely grateful.
“I would also like to note that there are many other Mexican fighters – particularly with Golden Boy Promotions who are today helping to carry the torch of the past. Champions like Francisco Vargas and contenders like Antonio Orozco are helping to ensure that Mexican boxing will be here forever.”