Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez spoke about “legacy” as he shone at the Grand Arrivals in Las Vegas ahead of his undisputed championship fight against Caleb Plant.
Canelo’s WBA, WBC and WBO titles and Plant’s IBF belt are at stake on Saturday night to decide the rightful ruler of the super-middleweight division.
“It means a lot to me to win this fight for my legacy,” said Canelo.
“That’s why we are here. He’s a good fighter with a lot of skills, but that’s nothing new for me.
“Saturday night, I’m going to make history.”
Plant said: “I’ve dedicated my life to this sport.
“I’ve sacrificed a lot. We’re happy to be here, but we’re not just happy to be here.
“We are here to win those belts and become the first undisputed super middleweight champion of all time.”
Canelo and Plant also have bitter animosity at the heart of their fight.
At their first press conference face-off, punches were thrown and Plant left the scene with blood on his face.
Tennessee’s Plant is undefeated in 17 fights and this is his fifth world title bout.
Canelo is aiming to complete a spectacular sweep of the division – since December, he has taken the belt and the undefeated record of British pair Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders, and is now vowing that the same fate awaits Plant.
They will go face-to-face again at a press conference on Wednesday night.
Sky Sports Boxing schedule
November 6 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche – IBF and WBO super-featherweight titles
November 6 – BOXXER in Liverpool
November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju Durodola
Caroline Dubois professional debut
Hosea Burton vs Dan Azeez – British light-heavyweight title
November 20 – Top Rank in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title
December 11 – BOXXER
December 11 – Top Rank in New York
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey
Jared Anderson vs Oleksandr Teslenko
Nico Ali Walsh
December 17 – Top Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles
February 26 – Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight title