Liverpool's unbeaten WBA World super-middleweight champion Callum Smith (27-0, 19KOs) told talkSPORT.com about the time he spoke to the only man ever to beat Saul “Canelo” Álvarez (53-1-2, 36KOs) – Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Britain’s WBSS champion takes on the Mexican pound-for-pound king on Saturday night in Texas, with the vacant WBC title also on the line.
He recalled to talkSPORT.com: “He was saying he rated him, that he was a good fighter.
“He got him at a very good time, he was young and he’s gone on to do a lot since.
“But I remember him just saying, ‘Yeah, he was big, he was big and strong come fight night.’
“I think he rated him as a fighter and what he’s going on and doing now.
“I’ve watched a lot of his fights over the years, you can take little bits from every fight, but stylistically I believe I get a different Canelo than we’ve seen before, and vice versa.
“He’s never fought anyone exactly like me and I’ve never, ever fought anyone like him.
“Top fighters adapt to their opponents, you’ll have to see a different version of him and a different version of me come fight night.
“But I have watched bits from each fight and Joe [Gallagher – trainer] sends me little bits to watch, little mistakes we feel he makes and good stuff he does that we need to be aware of.
“But I think tactically we’ll get it spot on and as long as I can stick to it and carry it out on the night, I’m confident I can come away with the win.”