Alvarez: Pressure is off me
Saul Alvarez has more than one hundred million reasons not to be served up as the sacrificial lamb for Floyd Mayweather.
The 23-year-old Alvarez says he will have the whole of Mexico behind him as he aims to become the first man to beat Mayweather in what will be the favourite's 45th professional fight.
Alvarez has built his own unbeaten record and is regarded by many as the biggest threat yet to Mayweather as they square off for the WBC light-middleweight title.
Alvarez said: "There is no pressure whatsoever. It is motivating to have all of Mexico rooting for me.
"It truly is a pleasure to be a part of this. I appreciate all of the support for this fight. I want to thank my team for working hard with me. On Saturday night, I will be victorious."
Alvarez is expected to take home over 10million US dollars from this fight once colossal pay-per- view figures have been added up, but the figure is dwarfed by Mayweather's purse of 41.5million US dollars.
Not renowned as a puncher, Alvarez has built a reputation as one of the sharpest operators in the business and has been a full light-middleweight for all his top-level career.
Alvarez said: "When you fight Floyd you have to be ready for every aspect of a fight. You have to be able to adjust mentally as well as physically. I have to be very, very smart.
"We've prepared like never before. Floyd is a fighter who throws five punches a round and he lands them - that's why he wins rounds. But we're prepared for that - we're prepared for everything."
The 36-year-old Mayweather is taking part in his second fight in the same year for the first time since 2007, and insists he has pushed all talk of his financial gains out of his mind.
Mayweather said: "I'm not focused on the money or anything. I'm focused on going out there, performing well and giving the fans what they want to see - it's about excitement."
Meanwhile, Alvarez made the catchweight 152lb limit for the contest.
A boisterous crowd of around 12,000 were present for the weigh-in at the arena where the pair will meet on Saturday evening.
Much of the interest focused on how easily 'Canelo' made the weight, which is two pounds under the normal light-middleweight limit of 11st.
However, there were no problems for the 23-year-old, while Mayweather - the naturally smaller man - came in lighter at 150.5lb.
Alvarez holds both of the belts on offer - the WBC light-middleweight and WBA Super World light-middleweight titles - although Mayweather is the favourite to retain his unbeaten record.
Mayweather, who at 36 is 13 years older, has won all 44 of his fights while Alvarez has been victorious on 42 occasions with one drawn.