Canelo vs Lara: Press conference photos and quotes for July 12 PPV fight

Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara met up yesterday in Los Angeles to formally announce their July 12 Showtime PPV bout.

CANELO ALVAREZ

"I want to thank the fans for all of their support. They are the best for me. All of the media, thank you. All the support is what makes this possible.

"I wanted to give the fans this fight, because this is what they asked for. I was offended on Twitter and social media because people said a lot of things about me. But that doesn't matter. I'm here to prove who I am, and I'm going to win July 12.

"This fight is only for my honor and glory to bring to the Mexican people.''

ERISLANDY "THE AMERICAN DREAM" LARA

"I don't really have much to say; everything is done. On July 12,we are going to let our fists do the talking. There's nothing more to say. We will see you there July 12."

JOSE "CHEPO" REYNOSO, Canelo's Trainer

"On behalf of team Canelo, thank you all for being here. This is a fight that the fans wanted and we wanted to give it to them. On July 12, you will see what Canelo is made of."

EDDY REYNOSO, Canelo's Manager

"On July 12, it's going to be a great battle. Lara is a great fighter, one of the best. But on July 12, we'll see who is going to take who to school and where the real fighters come from."

RONNIE SHIELDS, Lara's Trainer

"Both of these fighters deserve to be on this stage. It's going to be a great fight. This is why all the fans come out. They come out to see great fights.

"Both of these guys are two of the best at 154 pounds in the world. There can only be one winner and that's going to be Lara. The reason is because he's the best fighter, simple as that. He has been avoided by every top fighter in the world, including Floyd Mayweather. Canelo is a very good fighter. We can't take anything away from him. But Lara is one step ahead and we are going to prove that on July 12.

"The fans should come out. Get your tickets. Get your pay-per-view. It's going to be a great, great night. We are sure the undercard will be great as always, Golden Boy puts on the best shows - simple as that.

"People are going to be talking about this fight for a long time. Both of these guys have two common opponents - Austin Trout and Angulo. Canelo slipped by Trout, and Lara destroyed him. They both have stopped Angulo. Both guys can punch, both buys work really hard.

"Get your popcorn. It's going to be a great night. On July 12, Erislandy Lara will walk out as the victor."

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, President of Golden Boy Promotions

"Team Lara is an excellent team. A professional team with a great trainer, a great manager. He has good people around him. All Lara has to do is focus and train for this fight. That's what a champion should do and that's exactly what he does.

"Lara had a controversial loss against the great Paul Williams. He is the WBA Champion after defeating Angulo in 11 rounds. He has the pedigree; as an amateur in Cuba he had more than 250 amateur fights. He's one of the best fighters to ever come out of Cuba.

"Canelo is one of the most compelling fighters today. At only 23-years-old he has had a professional career since 2005. He has won the WBC Junior Middleweight title in 2011 and defended it 11 times. He has victories over Austin Trout. He beat Angulo and he was in the mega-event last Sept. 13 against Floyd Mayweather.. Now, he is back, giving the fans what they want. This is most difficult challenge at 154 pounds for Canelo. To please his fans, he is facing the toughest guy in the division, Lara.''

CHRIS DEBLASIO, Vice President of Communications, SHOWTIME Sports

"SHOWTIME is on tap tonight to possibly receive eight Emmy awards for our work from last year; something we're very proud of. That is a record for us in nominations.

"In two years, SHOWTIME Sports has risen in prominence on the back of our boxing franchise,which is now known for televising the biggest events in the sport of any television network, is Canelo Alvarez. Credit goes to Erislandy Lara for challenging for this fight against Canelo, and credit to Canelo Alvarez for taking this fight against one of the most feared men in boxing and certainly the most avoided guy in this division.

"This matchup is the type of fight that SHOWTIME has become known for. It's the biggest names in the sport, the most compelling matchups and the toughest fights to date on the grandest scale.

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