Thursday, February 13, 2014
Fighters talk Valentine's Day
By Dan Rafael
Canelo Alvarez and others competing on his March 8 card shared their thoughts on Valentine's Day.
Friday is Valentine's Day so even some rough and tough fighters are showing their softer side.
The PR folks working on the Canelo Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo Showtime PPV card, which takes place March 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, talked to the eight fighters who will be on the pay-per-view broadcast -- Alvarez, Angulo, Leo Santa Cruz, Cristian Mijares, Omar Figueroa, Ricardo Alvarez (Canelo's brother), Carlos Molina and Jermall Charlo -- to get their thoughts on the year's most romantic day.
The fighters were asked a few questions and here are their answers:
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Valentine's Day?
C. Alvarez: I think of joy.
Angulo: I just think about training.
Cruz: Love, friendship and family.
Mijares: I think of the love I have with my wife and children.
Figueroa: The colors red and pink.
R. Alvarez: Love.
Charlo: Hearts, flowers, mushy feelings and growing up.
What is the best Valentine's Day gift you've ever given or received?
C. Alvarez: The best gift I received is love.
Angulo: My favorite cologne that I can't find anywhere anymore.
Cruz: The best Valentine's gift I ever gave was a pink heart ring.
Mijares: Only my wife could tell you what the best gift that I've given her is. The best gift I've received is the love of my family.
Figueroa: The jewelry I've given to my mom or my sister. The best gift I have ever been given is the birth of my daughter. She is the best Valentine's Day gift from now until the day I die.
R. Alvarez: My best gift was a big teddy bear and a romantic dinner.
Molina: A picture my girl gave me of us back in the day.
Charlo: I have never received a Valentine's Day gift. I have always given. The best gift I ever gave was to my mom. It was a vacation to the Grand Canyon.
What is your favorite romantic movie or love song?
C. Alvarez: My favorite romantic movie is "Diario de una Pasion" ("The Notebook").
Angulo: My favorite romantic movie is "Titanic."
Cruz: My favorite romantic movie is "The Notebook."
Mijares: I really like the song "She's The One" by Robbie Williams. As for romantic movies I like "City of Angels."
Figueroa: I don't really watch those types of movies, but I liked the last one that I saw. It was "P.S. I Love You."
R. Alvarez: "Diario de una Pasion" ("The Notebook")
Molina: "Forrest Gump."
Charlo: "Pretty Woman."
Even though you're in training camp this Valentine's Day, will you be sending anything to anyone?
C. Alvarez: I don't look at Valentine's Day as the only day I make that person feel special.
Alfredo Angulo: No I will not.
Santa Cruz: I will be sending a very special gift to my love this Valentine's Day even though I'm in training camp.
Mijares: No, my mind is on my next fight so I haven't even thought about it.
Figueroa: Yes, I'm going to send an Edible Arrangement to my (16-month-old) daughter.
R. Alvarez: Yes, I will send a bouquet of roses to my wife.
Molina: Well, I will be going out for a light dinner in Chicago.
Charlo: Yes, I will be sending a Valentine's Day gift to someone special in my life.
Describe your perfect Valentine's Day date.
C. Alvarez: If I'm with the person I love, any place is perfect.
Angulo: A romantic dinner.
Cruz: My perfect Valentine's Day date is a romantic dinner followed by a bonfire on the beach.
Mijares: A perfect day would be one where I'm surrounded by my family.
Figueroa: The perfect Valentine's Day would be to spend time with the women in my life that I love the most: my mom, my sister and my daughter. I would take them out to dinner and pamper them.
R. Alvarez: My perfect date is in a restaurant with a romantic dinner.
Molina: Dinner and drinks on a warm day.
Charlo: A comedy show and relaxing.
On the card, Canelo Alvarez fights Angulo in the junior middleweight main event, Santa Cruz defends his junior featherweight title against Mijares, Figueroa defends his lightweight belt against Ricardo Alvarez and Molina defends his junior middleweight title against Charlo.