Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez took the opportunity to practice his English in a recent press interview, offering his opinion on a number of sports stars and fellow boxers.
Speaking to broadcaster Steve Bunce, on behalf of BT Sport, the Mexican fighter gave UK fans a rare insight into his worldview.
Canelo, 31, is preparing to face American Caleb Plant on Saturday night, in a Light-heavyweight unification bout for the ages.
Already regarded as one of the greatest Mexican fighters of all time, the man from Guadalajara has been revealing his unique perspective on other icons from the world of sport.
As well as calling golfer Tiger Woods "the goat", Alvarez also spoke on superstar footballers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Watch part of BT Sport's interview with the unified world champion below.
:speaking_head: Conor McGregor: "Oh man, no, don't try."- Boxing on BT Sport (@BTSportBoxing) November 5, 2021
:speaking_head: Cristiano Ronaldo: "He's a great player."
Canelo gives his thoughts on the biggest names in sport :fire:#CaneloPlant ' Saturday ' BT Sport Box Office pic.twitter.com/hHW4jPFF3w
Regarding the Argentine, Canelo claims that Messi is "one of the best players," seemingly being slightly more complimentary compared to when he was asked about Manchester United's Ronaldo, who he only thought of as a "great player."
He also spoke about some of his boxing peers, describing WBA heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury as a "good boxer, with a lot of skills."
Canelo then went on to talk about Fury's recent trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder, labelling the clash - in which both men hit the deck - a "really good fight".
On Anthony Joshua, who recently lost his heavyweight world title belts to Oleksandr Usyk, the light-heavyweight was similarly positive. He called AJ a "really nice guy and a good boxer with a lot of skills."
When shown a picture of undefeated Irish world champion, Katie Taylor, Canelo said that she was "a really good fighter and he loves watching her."
Joshua and Taylor have something of a business association with Alvarez, as all three work alongside Eddie Hearn and Matchroom boxing - whom he also praised in the interview.
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