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Mayweather vs Canelo: Alvarez confident, not worried about 152-pound catchweight

Canelo Alvarez is getting his dream fight on September 14, when he faces Floyd Mayweather, and the young Mexican star says he's got the size and skills to pull off the upset.

Josh Hedges

At 22, Canelo Alvarez is getting what will very possibly be the biggest fight he'll ever have in his career, a September 14 showdown with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather.

Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KO) will sacrifice just two pounds more than usual for a 152-pound catchweight in the bout, which has some up in arms, but Canelo isn't worried about it:

"I'm not worried at all. It was a team decision. I got together with my team and we decided that it was fine, and I just feel that I'm going to have to work a little harder.

"I will have to take care of myself a little better, but I feel good about it. I'm going to be able to make the weight comfortably, and everybody knows that Floyd has fought at 154 before.

"So, if he wanted it at that weight, then 152 is fine. The most important thing is that we made the fight and now it's done, and he feels comfortable and I feel comfortable."

He also feels that his size will give him the edge in the end:

"I consider myself a fast fighter, and I consider myself to be an intelligent fighter. I'm very similar to Floyd, and you know that he's fast and he's intelligent. But the difference is that I'm bigger and I'm stronger, and I'm going to construct a game plan with my team so that I can be able to beat him.

"Throughout the years, there hasn't been a change in Floyd. He's always been the same kind of fighter, and I know him very well. I know what he does. Now I know that there are going to be doubters, but I feel that I'm going to come up with the right game plan and that I will be able to beat him."

Canelo is, without question, a bigger man -- he's got a much larger frame than Mayweather, who is very small even at 147, and he's going to be carrying a lot more weight in the ring on fight night.

Will he be able to use his size enough to pull the upset and end Mayweather's unbeaten run? Or are you more considered with "I'm very similar to Floyd" and recalling that time Canelo tried to be cute with a shoulder roll and wound up having problems with Alfonso Gomez?

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