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TONIGHT! Cotto & Canelo Clash at The Mandalay Bay Events Center Nov. 21

November 21, 2015 by  

TONIGHT! Cotto & Canelo Clash at The Mandalay Bay Events Center Nov. 21
The Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) and former WBC and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) completed their final press conference and weigh-ins at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas ahead of tonight’s Nov. 21 world championship showdown, which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View. Las Vegas locals can watch the LIVE PPV at Sapphire Las Vegas. (Photo credit: Hogan’s Photos)

Cotto vs. Canelo is shaping up to be the biggest fight in boxing this year and the biggest fight in the history of the famed Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry. Below is what the fighters, trainers and dais guests had to say at the final main event press conference:

Cotto vs. Canelo Weigh In

Cotto vs. Canelo Weigh In

Photo credit: Hogan’s Photos.

MIGUEL COTTO, The Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion:

“We are hours away from the fight. We had a great training camp in Los Angeles for several weeks. All I have to say is that I am ready for the fight. I know that Canelo is ready too. Let’s give the fans the fight they need from us.

“Freddie brings his best to every day and every session. The least I can do is bring my best too. I think the chemistry between us grows every day.

“We are going to apply our strategy in the best way possible. And I have no doubt that what we worked on in LA for seven weeks is going to be the key for a victory.

“I don’t need a belt to fight Canelo.”

CANELO ÁLVAREZ, Former WBC and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion:

“Thank you all for the support you’ve given me and this great event. Also, the reception that each and every one of you have given to me, I’m very grateful. I’ve had a great preparation. I’ve worked very hard. I am patiently waiting for Saturday night to have my hand raised in victory once again. It’s going to be a difficult fight, I know that, but that is why I prepared properly, and I am ready to give a great fight.”

Crowd at Cotto vs. Canelo Weigh In

Crowd at Cotto vs. Canelo Weigh In

Photo credit: Hogan’s Photos.

FREDDIE ROACH, International Boxing Hall of Famer & Seven-Time BWAA Trainer of the Year Award Winner, Miguel Cotto Trainer:

“Miguel has a great training camp for this fight. We’re 100% ready for this fight, the biggest fight of the year. I’ve never seen Miguel better than this.

“Miguel is stronger. His condition is great. We had about 6-7 sparring partners for this fight. And we’re headed into our last workout today.

“I would love for Miguel to win this fight by knockout, call out Mayweather and then end his career. Miguel always tells me that if he had me in his corner when he fought Mayweather he would have knocked him out. He tells me that story all the time. I think Miguel could pull off the strategy I have to beat Mayweather. I think that would be a good fight for him. I think I could put Miguel in a very aggressive mode.

“We are going to box a lot in this fight. We’re not just going out there looking for a knockout. I don’t want him doing that. I want him using his foot speed and his angles. He’s a more complete fighter now than ever.

“Canelo’s defense is terrible. He follows you wherever you go. He’s like a robot. If you use angles on him, he will be lost. He cannot make adjustment well.

“We need a fight like this. It’s great for the sport.

Crowd at Cotto vs. Canelo Weigh In

Crowd at Cotto vs. Canelo Weigh In

Photo credit: Hogan’s Photos.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:

“Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez. Puerto Rico vs. Mexico. Puncher vs. puncher. Younger lion against….older lion. This fight has all the makings of an instant classic for the Lineal Middleweight World Championship. And, at least for Canelo, the WBC world championship.

“For Latinos all over the world, this is our Super Bowl. This is an event that not one Hispanic, not one Latino is going to miss. That is how important this event is to us. Puerto Rico vs. Mexico is like no other event for those countries. This is like our Super Bowl, that’s how important this event is.”

Cotto vs. Canelo, a 12-round fight for the Lineal Middleweight World Championship, takes place tonight, Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The fight is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra; Mexico, Live it to Believe it!; O’Reilly Auto Parts; Tequila Cazadores and Corporate Travel Made Simple (ctms). Also on the pay-per-view telecast will be Takashi Miura vs. Francisco Vargas in a 12-round co-featured fight for the WBC Super Featherweight World Championship presented in association with Teiken Promotions; Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Drian Francisco in a 10-round super bantamweight bout presented in association with Caribe Promotions; and Jayson Velez vs. Ronny Rios is a 10-round featherweight bout which will open the Pay-Per-View telecast. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Randy Caballero vs. Lee Haskins, a 12-round fight for the IBF Bantamweight World Championship, is presented in association with Bristol Boxing Ltd. and will be featured as part of the preliminary undercards available on digital platforms starting at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.

In addition to the great action inside the ring, the event will feature a special live performance by 2015 Latin Grammy nominee Yandel. The performance will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View after the second fight of the pay-per-view telecast.

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