Alvarez: Floyd calls the shots

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The Mexican star was expected to pose a serious threat to Mayweather???s long unbeaten record in 2013, but was on the receiving end of a one-sided points defeat.

Long-term rival Pacquiao becomes the latest man to challenge the American???s position at the top of the sport when they finally face-off in Las Vegas on May 2.

But Alvarez insists Mayweather will dictate the tone of the fight, choosing either to retain his safety-first approach or take more risks against the Filipino puncher. ????

He told Fox Deportes: ???Floyd is very smart. He can makes things frustrating or he can make a spectacular fight. He does not expose anything.

???In the past, he???s thrown very few shots and makes things difficult. If he exposes himself just a little bit more, we can get an enjoyable fight.

???Pacquiao comes forward and he???s always throwing a lot of punches, and he???s fast. He can complicate things with his movement as he did with (Timothy) Bradley and (Juan Manuel) Marquez. Hopefully the fight is attractive.???

Alvarez is currently preparing to face James Kirkland, the following weekend from Mayweather-Pacquiao, and still hopes to prove himself against the elite fighters.

A possible fight with Pacquiao has been discussed in the past and ‘Canelo’ would relish the challenge of facing the ???Pac Man???.

???He???s a great champion. He has faced the best, he has experience,” said Alvarez. “He???s a hard punching left-hander. He???s fast. He does not stop throwing punches. He can throw form any angle.

“There have been times where there have been talks about fighting him and I would love to do so.?????