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Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was a professional by age 15, a star in his native Mexico before the end of his teenage years and a junior middleweight world champion by the time he was 20. All of which makes his facing former three-division titlist and pound-for-pound ace Shane Mosley on May 5 in Las Vegas (HBO PPV, 9 p.m. ET) seem a reasonable stop along his skyrocketing career arc. But Mosley will be the highest-profile fighter Canelo has faced and likely, even at 40 years old, the toughest challenge of the champion's young career. Is he ready?
ESPN.com enlisted HBO to ask Alvarez that very question, among others, during its close interactions with the fighter in the lead-up to the Mosley bout. As part of an ongoing feature ahead of Alvarez-Mosley, we will offer periodic updates with Canelo's responses.
On Mosley being the biggest name and most difficult test he has faced, and whether he's ready for the challenge:
This is exactly the right time in my career for this fight. I have been waiting for the opportunity to prove to the boxing world that I am a great fighter and I am ready for these kinds of matches.
The 2011 fight where I defeated [Kermit] Cintron in the fifth round by TKO was a big moment for me. I spent the necessary time in the beginning of the fight feeling out Cintron, assessing what I had to do to win it. I proved that my power and speed are what makes me ready. I have incredible energy, and the May 5 fight will prove just that.
I remember back in 2005, I fought Abraham Gonzalez in my professional debut and there was a lot of pressure on me. I went out there and won, and proved what I will prove against Mosley. People might like to use my age against me, saying I'm too inexperienced to fight this kind of match. The truth is that I have been a fighter my entire life and, if anything, my age is an asset. I look at other fighters my age and see pure aggression, but not tactical strategy. Look at any fight I've had with boxers and you'll see just that [attention to strategy].
I am greatly looking forward to this challenge on May 5, but in my head and soul, I know I will emerge the victor and put to rest any concern about who I am fighting. I want to fight the best fighters out there and win. I can do that.