Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez returns to battle this weekend as the pound-for-pound Mexican superstar faces off against Billy Joe Saunders in Dallas.
Canelo is hoping to win another super middleweight world title on Saturday night, with the aim of rewarding Saunders’ WBO strap for his size and placing it alongside his WBA and WBC knickknacks.
Having boxed professionally since the age of 15, the 30-year-old has naturally amassed a huge fortune over the course of his distinguished career, but nothing matters to him more than championship gold.
That’s not to say he doesn’t like the spoils of war, with his sprawling mansion in his hometown of Guadalajara a perfect example of the four-weight world champion’s quality of life.
In an interview and tour with Graham Bensinger, Canelo introduced the million dollar mansion and some of the valuables strewn throughout.
It wasn’t for the show, however, as the notoriously private boxer was keen to point out what hard work can do for you.
“I sold ice cream on the buses and now watch this,” he said, pointing to a Ferrari Testarossa parked in his garage that he didn’t drive.
“I saw a Testarossa in the movies when I was a kid and I have it,” he says proudly.
And its impressive collection of cars does not end with the classic of 1984 with, among others, a Shelby, a Rolls-Royce and a Tesla.
When not in the ring, he regularly plays poker and has a table set up in his house as well as a two-story cabinet containing over 600 pairs of shoes.
There’s also the 38 horsepower he keeps on his ranch as well as the all-terrain strollers he regularly uses to hit speeds of 100 mph while driving the area.
Despite his incredible taste for cars, homes and hobbies, Canelo told Bensigner he still wanted to be a businessman after boxing and become a billionaire.
“I didn’t study, I come from very humble beginnings. But I like to learn, I like to learn a lot of things.
“And I have a lot of stuff right now. I could retire and I could live, you know, peacefully.
“But I love what I do, boxing in my life. As long as I can, I’ll be there. I’ve always wanted boxing to be something I love to do, something I love, and not just for the money.
“So boxing, I always do it because I like it, because I like it, not because it will make me money. I really like real estate. And that comes from watching friends.
“Like I said, I have enough to retire right now, thank goodness. Of everything I’ve invested, I have… every three months I have between $ 4 million and $ 5 million that I get, every three months.
“So I have enough of course to retire and I have absolutely no problem. But I love boxing and I’m about to open 90-100 gas stations here in Mexico, they’re going to be called “Canelo Energy”.
“When you start pumping gasoline, I want everything to be in Canelo – that’s my biggest challenge.
“You have to be smart and put money in danger and say, ‘This money is in danger,’ he added. “Whatever happens, I know I’m at risk and I don’t count on it.
“When you put something in danger, you risk something to win. You stand to gain a lot.
“So of course there has to be a certain amount that you say, ‘Okay, I’m going to put this in jeopardy to win a lot.’ But I’m not stupid either.
“You can very quickly have a lot of money, or very quickly have nothing. So there is no need to be stupid, you know?
“I don’t like to watch boxing, I like to do it on my own and I like what I do, but I’m not someone who says, ‘I’m going to be a promoter.’
“No I do not care.”