How important is it to you to represent Mexico on Cinco De Mayo in the co-feature on May 5th?
Canelo Alvarez – Mexico is my home and always will be. I am very proud of my Mexican heritage and consider it a strong part of my identity. Marco Barrera and Erik Morales and Julio Cesar Chavez are just some of the Mexican fighters I know our community look up to. I intend to be among these men. I don’t lose, so no matter what day I’m fighting on, I’m giving my all to win. Even in my toughest fights, failure has never been an option. I think this fight is especially exciting for all the fans. Being a role model for the Latino community is very important to me and I am filled with pride each and every time I win. I grew up on my family’s farm, learning to horseback ride, and otherwise keeping myself busy when I wasn’t fighting. I am blessed to have had such a fortunate upbringing in Juanacatlán. Honestly, I can’t imagine growing up anywhere else because it is that upbringing that has made me the man I am today. My family is what keeps me grounded and keeps me focused on what I have accomplished as well as what I have left to do. They are a part of me as much as I am of them. You know I always enjoy fighting in Mexico, but right now I am focused on the May 5th match. I have never been so ready in my professional career. I have no doubt it will be a fight to remember and I will leave victorious.
“Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto,” and Canelo Alvarez vs. Sugar Shane Mosley will take place Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Episodes two and three of HBO’s all-access reality series 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO debut on Saturdays – April 21 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT) and 28 (9:45-10:15 p.m. ET/PT) – while the finale debuts Friday, May 4 (8:00-8:30 p.m. ET/PT), the night before the high-stakes super welterweight title bout. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.
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