By Miguel Rivera
Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs), 27 years old, is planning to retire from the sport by age 35.
This coming October, Canelo will celebrate 13 years in the sport of boxing.
On September 15th, Canelo will challenge undefeated WBA, WBC, IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. They fought to a controversial twelve round split draw in September 2017.
Canelo has already captured world titles at junior middleweight and middleweight.
During this period of his career, he wants to make the biggest fights possible to financially secure his future.
"It's very difficult to say how long [I plan to fight for]. I can say until I'm 50, but I have the idea of ??retiring at 35, so I want to do everything I can during these years and at 35 years old I can retire and enjoy my life, enjoy what I did and the business I have," Canelo told ESPN Deportes.
"In boxing it takes everything, to make history in my life and in boxing, to do what I can do in this sport and walk away satisfied. I'm satisfied with what I've done and achieved as much as possible."
Canelo wants to reach the Hall of Fame, like his countrymen Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales.
"I'm very proud as a Mexican and as a fighter [of their achievements]. They are an example for us who are in this sport, to motivate us and make us want to be there. It is a very important step in the career of a great fighter," Canelo said.
When he asked how tough it was to carry the flag of Mexican boxing, Canelo said he considers it an honor.
"I assume it with responsibility, discipline, I always give a hundred percent of myself in boxing, I try to do my best to give the public great fights, it's a big responsibility to the great fighters who left this flag for me, but I feel proud," Canelo said.