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Canelo: Mayweather Underestimating Me, Very Worried

By Keith Idec

Preparing properly even for foes that weren’t considered true threats to his unblemished record has been one of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s greatest strengths during his Hall-of-Fame career.

Mayweather’s history suggests that he’ll be as mentally and physically ready as possible when he steps into the ring Saturday night in Las Vegas for his heavily hyped, pay-per-view showdown with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The 36-year-old Mayweather’s opponent is, after all, 12½ years younger and naturally larger than him, undefeated and unusually experienced for a boxer who’s just 23 years old (43 professional fights).

Alvarez still believes boxing’s trash-talking pound-for-pound king isn’t quite taking him seriously as their WBA/WBC junior middleweight title fight approaches.

“I think that the way he’s talking, he’s underestimating me,” Alvarez said on a recent conference call. “But at the same time, I think that he’s worried. I think that he’s very, very worried. But he’s always been like that. He’s always been a talker. That’s the kind of person he is, but I don’t care. I don’t care what he’s saying. I don’t care what he’s thinking. What I care about is what I’m saying and what I’m thinking. And I’m controlling it, and that’s what matters to me.”

Las Vegas’ Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) is slightly more than a 2-1 favorite over Mexico’s Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) entering their scheduled 12-round fight at MGM Grand (Showtime Pay-Per-View; $74.95 in HD; 9 p.m. ET/PT).

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 619 southpaw on 09-10-2013

money may is in that boys head man i've never heard canelo talk this much ish he's super sensitive and emotional all of a sudden. i think he is gonna straight lose it when he realizes what he's in there…

Comment by NEELZ on 09-10-2013

You are misquoting Canelo or misrepresenting his statement. He said from the sound of what Floyd is saying, he is underestimating him; However Canelo is reading past the public words and seeing some worry in Floyd. Another way of saying,…

Comment by torosboxing75 on 09-10-2013

[QUOTE=richardt;13728682][B]How can someone underestimate someone else and be afraid at the same time?[/B] Mayweather's public personna is nonchalant to all guys he faces, but he is a monster when it comes to training and preparation for a fight. I dont…

Comment by torosboxing75 on 09-10-2013

[QUOTE=jai mari078;13727756]It's allegedly 1 million per pound. His purse is 12.5. 2 million to come in at his comforatable weight in a fight that if he wins would be the biggest of his career, not to mention the pay days…

Comment by Reloaded on 09-10-2013

[QUOTE=insaneboxingfan;13728129]No fine in the world will make Mayweather get in the ring with a Canelo that doesn't make weight. Remember he said in All Access that his goal is not to let Canelo use any of his tricks on him.…

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