Canelo Alvarez has said he can’t conceive losing to Amir Khan, who has said he doesn’t feel any pressure going into their WBC World Middleweight Title showdown on May 7th.
Speaking in HBO’s now traditional pre-fight “Face Off” show with Max Kellerman, the two men who will christen the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Cinco de Mayo weekend spoke passionately about their upcoming fight.
“I am hungry for triumph, and until the day I retire I will have it,” said a fired up Canelo.
“Inside a boxing ring, nothing is easy. You don’t know what’s going to happen. I see Amir Khan as a tough rival. And of course I have a lot to lose. In any fight I have a lot to lose.
“A loss, my pride, my country, everything I’ve been doing. I always have something to lose,” the 25-year-old added.
“But I never focus on losing. In my mind, a defeat never exists. I always prepare to win. My mindset is always to win. And on May 7th, that is all that I can think of, to win.”
For the first time in his career, Bolton’s Khan will step into the ring as the clear underdog as he steps up to a catchweight of 155lbs to meet the naturally bigger Canelo. The 29-year-old spoke of his admiration for Canelo, and his motivation to mix it with the sport’s best operators.
“I’m a big fan of Canelo. He’s young, he’s explosive and he’s powerful. But then it’s my time to shoe how good I am. Being the underdog is only going to drive me even harder,” said Khan.
“Normally when you’re the guy to win the fight, that pressure’s always on you. But this time it seems to me I don’t have that pressure.
“For me to reach where I want to get to in my career, I have to fight the biggest names in boxing. I have to say, Canelo’s up there with those big names.”
Watch the full Face Off video below: