Canelo Alvarez says losing to Shane Mosley is not an option on May 5. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Canelo Alvarez faces Shane Mosley in the main undercard bout of the Mayweather vs Cotto PPV card on May 5, and has been answering a series of questions for HBO Sports leading up to the fight. Here's the latest installment of Alvarez's fight blog heading into the fight, courtesy HBO.
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You're a champion at age 21, so you'd appear to have a long road ahead. What are your long-term goals? Any fights you really want to make? Titles across multiple divisions? Pound-for-pound glory?
"I don't tend to think of the future in those specific of terms. Of course I have lot of personal goals as a fighter, as a man. I don't tend to think about much besides the present and what I need to do now. Focus is something I pride myself on. It really is. I see in a lot of my peers a lack of focus on the fights themselves, and I wonder why some of them even fight.
"Sure it's easy to get lost in the hoopla and the ‘what's next' discussion but if I don't box the best I can right now, then there is no next. I am a professional boxer and my entire focus is winning these fights. I am training very had and making immense progress.
"The determination I have in training now will propel me to a victory on May 5th, not thinking to what I have left to do. I am 21 so I know many opportunities will be presented and I look forward to them. But like I said, that doesn't affect me as a fighter right now. I am proud of what I have accomplished so far and I will be proud to win on May 5th.
"I've heard some people ask ‘well what if you don't win?' The truth is that isn't an option to me. I don't fathom any situation where I don't win; that's really it. But I know it won't be easy, and I embrace the challenge whole-heartedly."