Canelo Alvarez may only be 22, but he says he's waited a long time for an opportunity like the one he has lined up on September 14, when he faces Floyd Mayweather in a huge Showtime pay-per-view main event.
If Canelo fights for 20 more years, this could conceivably wind up being the biggest fight he'll ever be involved in, which makes this an incredibly important fight for his career, even beyond the obvious.
"I'm ready for the big challenges and now I have to prove it against Floyd Mayweather on September 14," said Canelo. "I said that I wanted to fight the best and here I am in front of the best pound-for-pound fighter, who I respect for his achievements, but on September 14, I will write a new page in boxing history because I'm going to be victorious.
"This fight is for all of my fans, my family and of course for Mexico because we're fighting on the weekend of Mexico's Independence. I've waited so long for this and my only option is to win!"
Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO) is an early +220 underdog for the fight, despite being the bigger and younger man. Mayweather is listed by Bovada as a -280 favorite.