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The softer side of the Sweet Science: Canelo vs. Angulo PPV fighters talk Valentine’s Day

Fighters are known for their ruthlessness and toughness in the ring, but the participants in the “Toe to Toe: Canelo vs. Angulo” Showtime pay-per-view aren’t afraid to let their softer sides show… sort of.

Canelo Alvarez, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo, Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz, Cristian “Diamante” Mijares, Omar “Panterita” Figueroa, Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez, Carlos Molina and Jermall Charlo shared their thoughts on perfect Valentine’s Day dates, memories and more.


Q: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day?

Canelo Alvarez: I think of joy.

Alfredo Angulo: I just think about training.

Leo Santa Cruz: Love, friendship and family.

Cristian Mijares: I think of the love I have with my wife and children.

Omar Figueroa: The colors red and pink.

Ricardo Alvarez: Love.

Carlos Molina: Relationships.

Jermall Charlo: Hearts, flowers, mushy feelings and growing up.

Q: What is the best Valentine’s Day gift you’ve ever given or received?

Canelo Alvarez: The best gift I received is love.

Alfredo Angulo: My favorite cologne that I can’t find anywhere anymore.

Leo Santa Cruz: The best Valentine’s gift I ever gave was a pink heart ring.

Cristian Mijares: Only my wife could tell you what the best gift that I’ve given her is. The best gift I’ve received is the love of my family.

Omar Figueroa: Thejewelry I’ve given to my mom or my sister. The best gift I have ever been given is the birth of my daughter. She is the best Valentine’s Day gift from now until the day I die.

Ricardo Alvarez: My best gift was a big teddy bear and a romantic dinner.

Carlos Molina: A picture my girl gave me of us back in the day.

Jermall Charlo: I have never received a Valentine’s Day gift. I have always given. The best gift I ever gave was to my mom – it was a vacation to the Grand Canyon.

Q: What is your favorite romantic movie or love song?

Canelo Alvarez: My favorite romantic movie is “Diario de una Pasion” (“The Notebook”).

Alfredo Angulo: My favorite romantic movie is “Titanic.”

Leo Santa Cruz: My favorite romantic movie is “The Notebook.”

Cristian Mijares: I really like the song “She’s The One” by Robbie Williams. As for romantic movies I like “City of Angels.”

Omar Figueroa: I don’t really watch those types of movies, but I liked the last one that I saw. It was “P.S. I Love You.”

Ricardo Alvarez: “Diario de una Pasion” (“The Notebook”)

Carlos Molina: “Forrest Gump.”

Jermall Charlo: “Pretty Woman.”

Q: Even though you’re in training camp this Valentine’s Day, will you be sending anything to anyone?

Canelo Alvarez: I don’t look at Valentine’s Day as the only day I make that person feel special.

Alfredo Angulo: No I will not.

Leo Santa Cruz: I will be sending a very special gift to my love this Valentine’s Day even though I’m in training camp.

Cristian Mijares: No, my mind is on my next fight so I haven’t even thought about it.

Omar Figueroa: Yes I’m going to send an Edible Arrangement to my one-year and four-month-old daughter.

Ricardo Alvarez: Yes, I will send a bouquet of roses to my wife.

Carlos Molina: Well, I will be going out for a light dinner in Chicago.

Jermall Charlo: Yes, I will be sending a Valentine’s Day gift to someone special in my life.

Q: Describe your perfect Valentine’s Day date.

Canelo Alvarez: If I’m with the person I love, any place is perfect.

Alfredo Angulo: A romantic dinner.

Leo Santa Cruz: My perfect Valentine’s Day date is a romantic dinner followed by a bonfire on the beach.

Cristian Mijares: A perfect day would be one where I’m surrounded by my family.

Omar Figueroa: The perfect Valentine’s Day would be to spend time with the women in my life that I love the most: my mom, my sister and my daughter. I would take them out to dinner and pamper them.

Ricardo Alvarez: My perfect date is in a restaurant with a romantic dinner.

Carlos Molina: Dinner and drinks on a warm day.

Jermall Charlo: A comedy show and relaxing.