Young Canelo ready for 'tough test' against Mosley

Posted at 05/03/2012 8:42 AM | Updated as of 05/03/2012 8:49 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Mexican boxing prodigy Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is ready for the toughest test of his career when he takes on former world champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley in a junior middleweight clash on May 5 in Las Vegas.

The 21-year-old Alvarez holds a record of 39 wins, 0 loss and 1 draw with 29 knockouts, but he expects to have a difficult time against Mosley, who is seeking to revive his career with a win.

"I've prepared very well so I don't fail my people," Alvarez said in the pre-fight press conference, as quoted by Boxing Scene. 

"We know Mosley is a dangerous opponent, a tough test, but we are ready to confront him," he added. "He's a fighter who has fought the best in the world, but this is my time and I will win it."

Alvarez will defend his World Boxing Council junior middleweight belt against Mosley, who will be fighting for the first time since a lackluster decision loss against Filipino champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao in May 2011.

"I have never worked this hard before. It motivates me, and I’m ready to return with a big win," Alvarez said.

Mosley is coming into the bout as the underdog against the younger, bigger "Canelo." He has not won a boxing match since a ninth-round technical knockout victory over Antonio Margarito in 2009. Since then, he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao and could only salvage a draw against Sergio Mora.

Despite this, Mosley says boxing fans should expect a strong performance from him against Alvarez.

"I’m 100% this time. I didn't go to training camp hurt," he told Boxing Scene, adding that he had suffered various injuries prior to his training camps for the Pacquiao and Mayweather bouts. 

"There's a big difference in the way you prepare if you go to camp and you’re trying to heal yourself, rather than getting ready for the fight," he said.

"This time, I was ready. I was able to go all-out and it's made me more sharp."

Alvarez, meanwhile, is confident that he can give Mosley his second straight defeat inside the ring.

"I'm not coming with the mentality of knocking him out, but I'm coming to give all of my effort in the ring, and we will win," he said.