Alvarez seeks validation vs. Angulo

"I learned a lot from the Mayweather fight. He's got a style that's very complicated," Alvarez said. "He's got a style that's very intelligent, and he fights intelligently. I think that his whole purpose is just to win, but I learned a lot. I learned a lot about the fight itself inside the ring and outside the ring, as well.

"I consider myself a person with a strong mindset and that's how I moved on from the loss against Mayweather. I always train to win, like everybody else, and unfortunately last September was not the case."

Alvarez said he took solace in the fact that most all-time greats suffered losses and were able to bounce back.

"I'm training to make history and to be one of the best in boxing history. One defeat is not everything," Alvarez said. "The biggest boxers in history have been defeated. For instance, Muhammad Ali was defeated, and he came back and made history. So here I am, making history, moving forward. I fight to make boxing history. That is why I fight."

Said Schaefer, "He really looks at the Floyd fight as a learning experience. He admitted it was frustrating for him. He couldn't fight his style. Somebody else's style was imposed on him, and he couldn't do anything about it. So I think he was frustrated, and he's happy to be here in a fight where he knows he can dictate the fight, and he's gonna be the boss in the ring. He's fired up.

"In a way he felt he let down a lot of people in the Mayweather fight, and he wants to make a point. He is in a must-win situation, and that must-win situation brings additional pressure. He's 23 years young. How is he going to deal with the pressure? He seems to be dealing with it well. That's the surface. Deep down, you don't know what's happening. And then you have Angulo, who has no pressure. If he beats Canelo, it's a big, big win. A Canelo win is expected. A loss would be devastating. For Angulo it's exactly the opposite."

Against Lara, Angulo had great success against the top-notch technical fighter, dropping him twice in an action-packed fight -- not the usual kind of fight Lara is in. However, Angulo suffered a severely swollen orbital area over his eye and a scratched cornea, and retired in the 10th round.

Although some labeled Angulo a quitter, that is seemingly unfair, given how badly his eye was damaged.

"Definitely, he showed tremendous heart," Alvarez said. "He did great. You never know what kind of pain goes through him or went through him and made him decide to stop the fight at that moment. It's unknown. But at that moment, if the fight would've continued or if it would've ended, he was winning and would've won the fight in my eyes."

Said Angulo, "Both fights were very, very different. Canelo is coming off a loss to Floyd Mayweather, the pound-for-pound No. 1 fighter in the world, and in that fight he hardly touched him. My fight, I'm coming off a loss to one of the best fighters in the world, and that is Erislandy Lara, and in a fight that arguably I was winning. It was a very, very entertaining fight, a very exciting fight, and I was possibly winning the fight. So both fights were very, very different."

With Angulo, Alvarez has a much more basic opponent than Mayweather. Angulo is a free swinger who likes to brawl and is easy to hit. He is the antithesis of Mayweather, so it figures to be an exciting fight, and that is what both men are predicting.

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