Updated 07:55 PM EDT, Thu, May 06, 2021

Miguel Cotto vs Canelo Alvarez: Fighters Weigh In for Middleweight Clash

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Before their Saturday night clash at the Mandalay Events Center in Las Vegas, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez weighed in on Friday afternoon before a cheering crowd at the events center's Islander Ballroom.

ABC News said about 3,000 fans cheered as the two boxers had their weight taken a day before their much-awaited fight. Cotto weighed 153½ pounds while Alvarez point on to the required weight limit of 155 pounds.

"I'm just ready for (Saturday). This is for all the fans of Puerto Rico and Mexico. Our purpose is to win the fight," said Cotto in the ABC News report.

Meanwhile, Alvarez noted that he is now prepared for his face-off with Cotto. He claimed that he is motivated with the support of the people around him. 

He added that the fight will be a "tough task" for him but said he is ready for it.

"Anything he can bring, I'm ready for it," Alvarez said.

As per the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), Cotto is expected to take home $15 million While Alvarez's official purse is $5 million.

A similar Denver Post report said that Cotto is aiming to win the fight to seal bigger matches after. But he clarified that he does not need to win a title to prove that he is a great fighter. It can be remembered that he lost his middleweight crown this week when he refused a $300,000 sanctioning fee to the WBC this week.

"This fight speaks for itself. With $1.1 million, I can buy any belt I want. I can be champion of whatever I want in my own house," Cotto said in the Denver Post report.

Alvarez, who agreed to pay the said fee, will get the belt in case he wins on Saturday, the New York Post said.

Aside from the title, the same report indicated that defeating Cotto will "erase any lingering doubts about just how good he is and uphold the honor of Mexico."

"Obviously, it's a fight with a lot of responsibility and I'm up for it. I'm looking forward to it because I know it can go down in history as one of the great fights between Mexico and Puerto Rico," Alvarez said.

But this may be a hard job to do since Cotto has been under the tutorship of Freddie Roach, who also coaches Manny Pacquiao.

"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," Cotto said of his trainer.

Roach said in the New York Post report that Alvarez's record does not impress him. The coach said that Alvarez's defense if terrible since he follows his opponents wherever they go. 

He added that their opponent moves like a robot which allows fighter to corner him at certain angles.

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