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De La Hoya, Canelo: Making Weight is Not a Problem

By Keith Idec

Neither Oscar De La Hoya nor Saul “Canelo” Alvarez are concerned about Alvarez paying a financial penalty for failing to make weight when he steps on the scale Sept. 13 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

De La Hoya and Alvarez assured reporters on a conference call Tuesday that Alvarez will comfortably get down to the contracted weight of 152 pounds for his WBA/WBC 154-pound title fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Sept. 14 at MGM Grand (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT; Showtime Pay-Per-View; $74.95 in HD).

“There is a penalty, but obviously Saul is going to have no problem making weight whatsoever,” De La Hoya, whose company promotes Alvarez, said regarding a clause in the Mayweather-Alvarez contract. “He made 153 against Austin Trout, with no problem. So Saul is going to have no problem whatsoever.”

Presented with a huge payday (reportedly $12.5 million guaranteed) and an incomparable opportunity, the 23-year-old Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) didn’t hesitate to sign a contract to meet Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) below the usual junior middleweight championship limit of 154 pounds. Skeptics speculate that having to lose two more pounds will place Alvarez at an even greater disadvantage against the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

As a rigorous training camp winds down, however, Mexico’s Alvarez insists he feels fresh and isn’t concerned about having to shed two additional pounds prior to the most difficult fight of his eight-year pro career.

“It’s not going to bother me at all,” Alvarez said. “I feel good. I feel very, very good. I’ve been able to make the weight in the past. It’s not a problem. In fact, in my most recent fights I’ve been under [154 pounds] and I really don’t do much [extra] work. So I think it’s going to be fine. I feel very, very good right now. And in fact, I think it’s going to help me. I’ll be a lot faster.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by QballLobo on 09-04-2013

[QUOTE=TyrantT316;13710293]It's not just saying you're not going to make weight to play mind games, THEY actually have the pay money. I don't think they just WANT to give away money to play mind games. They don't have Mayweather bank at…

Comment by Fetta on 09-04-2013

[QUOTE=HeroBando;13711643]:lol1::lol1: I don't get upset by your cluelessness, it amuses me. "Dream match" lol, I guess they could never match that with Marg. You're not getting me: he took a whole lotta humiliation for decent money. So sounds like it…

Comment by HeroBando on 09-04-2013

[QUOTE=Fetta;13711508]How long ago did you start watching boxing? This figt was coined the "dream match" you really think hecould have gotten the same amount of money and exposure fir a marg fight? Also you say he would have beaten by…

Comment by torosboxing75 on 09-04-2013

Ok this is good to hear and a little over one more week left to go I can't wait. I'm curios to see if Canelo can draw blood from Mayweather like Cotto did.

Comment by Fetta on 09-04-2013

[QUOTE=HeroBando;13711492]Oscar is loaded many times over. That was really unexceptional money for him. He could have gotten similar numbers to get beaten like a rented mule by Marg, that would have been very humiliating. Or better yet, he should have…

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