• Floyd Mayweather Jr v Saul Alvarez

Alvarez ready to dethrone Mayweather Jr

ESPN staff
June 15, 2013
Floyd Mayweather Jr has not lost in 44 career fights © Getty Images

Saul Alvarez insists he has what it takes to inflict a first career defeat on Floyd Mayweather Jr and become the best in the world.

The 22-year-old is set to face the pound-for-pound king Mayweather Jr on September 14 in Las Vegas, and believes if he is victorious he will take over the mantle currently held by his American opponent.

"I'm ready [to sit on the throne]. I feel motivated about this challenge," Alvarez said.

"If I win, I'll be in the position that he has now and I'll have to fight with the best, face opponents who are coming up and build myself over the years as well as he did. The most important thing is to win and that's what will happen."

Mayweather Jr has won all 44 of his fights - 26 by a knockout - but Alvarez feels all the plans are in place to overcome 'Pretty Boy'.

"It'll be a great night for us. People will not believe [the outcome]. We are going to have a good training camp, a good strategy to fight him and win. He is a complicated opponent, but we know how to fight him," the Mexican said.

Despite his age, Alvarez revealed he is in the right frame of mind for the fight against an opponent 14 years his senior.

"I feel very good right now. I'm very happy because it is something that we've expected for years and I think it is happening at the right time and I'm already training, and running and I feel very strong," WBC and WBA light-middleweight champion Alvarez added.

"I know that I can give more of myself [in the future] but these are the fights that are going to make me give my best. The better my opponent, the more motivated it makes me because I want to reach my potential.

"I'm ready to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr and we are going into the fight with that mentality."

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