Canelo Alvarez and Caleb Plant did not repeat the fireworks from their September press conference at today’s final presser, with both appearing focused on Saturday night’s Showtime pay-per-view main event.
Both Canelo (56-1-2, 38 KO) and Plant (21-0, 12 KO) kept it short and sweet with their time at the podium.
“Leading up to this fight, Canelo said that Mexicans don’t fuck around. Well that’s good to know, because where I’m from, we don’t fuck around, either,” Plant said. “You’ll be seeing the first undisputed super middleweight champion, and you’re looking at him, his name is Caleb Plant.”
“Like Eddy (Reynoso) said, we have come a long way to make this happen, and we are just days away from making history,” Canelo said. He otherwise simply thanked people for coming out and whatnot, and also presented Eddy Reynoso with his Trainer of the Year plaque, taking the chance to do it publicly after not being able to last year.
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“It’s different when you’re in the ring, it’s way different. I don’t take nothing from (the previous press conference).”
On who has prepared him to beat Caleb Plant: “I’ve faced many good fighters with a style that make me feel confidence in my experience (against Plant).”
On Plant’s mental toughness changing his outlook: “I always train 100 percent. I always train, obviously, for the style of my opponent, but I always train 100 percent.”
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“It wasn’t my intention to get under his skin (at the previous press conference). I think you guys make a lot more of it than we do. I’m sure me and him both have been in worse scuffles than that, and I’m sure most people in this room have been in worse scuffles than that. Like he said, when the bell rings, it’s completely different. I don’t take anything away from that press conference.”
On when he first thought about facing Canelo: “I like to focus on what’s in front of me, and up until recently, he hadn’t been in my division, so I hadn’t really thought anything of it. But once he came into the division I thought this would make a huge mega-fight, so here we are.”
On what he means by “any means necessary”: “Just getting the job done. We’ve done that thus far to get to this point. Whether it’s in boxing or whatever, by any means necessary, I’ve gotten here. I’ve had plenty of chances to bow out or step away and say, ‘No, I’m done, I’ve had enough,’ and I haven’t. I just can’t wait for the bell to ring on Saturday night.”
On whether he can win a decision: “The way I see this fight turning out is Jimmy Lennon saying, ‘And the new undisputed and still undefeated.’ As far as the judges go, he’s had multiple close fights with Lara, Austin Trout gave him a good fight, GGG has given him good fights. But I believe that the right people are in place to make sure the right decision is made. Anything other than that is out of my control. All I can focus on is the game plan.”
Press Conference Video
If you missed it, you can watch the presser here: