Despite a perfect 25-0 record thus far in his career, WBA light middleweight champion Austin Trout is getting used to being the underdog.
Heading into his last bout against popular former champion Miguel Cotto in New York, Trout was underrated and looked at as a stepping stone to the veteran's path back to prominence. Needless to say, Trout showed Cotto who was the superior pugilist that night, but still finds himself in a similar situation this weekend.
Trout now faces Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas, in the main event with both his and his opponent's titles on the line. Just like in the Cotto fight, Trout is being looked at as an underdog as Alvarez stomps forward toward a potential showdown with boxing king Floyd Mayweather Jr. later this year.
The odds are against him once again, but Trout is ready to shock the world for a second time.
He knows eventually the crowds and the critics will fall to his side—it's just going to take some hard work and the right victories to do it.
"Whether I like it or not, I'm pretty used to it," Trout said of being the underdog. "I would like to be cheered for eventually, but it's coming. It will happen eventually. I've just got to pay some more dues and the cheers will come."
Oddsmakers have Alvarez currently sitting as a -190 favorite in the fight, but that doesn't affect Trout when it comes time to lace up the gloves and step through the ropes. He knows his style matches up very well with Alvarez's, and he's happy to pull the upset again.
"I like Canelo as an opponent. I think our styles mesh very nicely, he's a good fighter," Trout said. "He's a champion in his own right. He's undefeated in his own right. We know it's not going to be an easy job but definitely a job that can be done. He's going to make me work, but we ain't here for easy."
The fight between Trout and Alvarez will get headline attention this weekend, but still sits in the shadows of another major fight taking place in early May when Mayweather takes on Robert Guerrero.
Mayweather has already stated that he will be watching Trout and Alvarez very closely because most believe the winner will end up as his next opponent should he get past Guerrero.
While that seems like that is the plan, Trout warns the world not to look past Guerrero because he could just be the matchup to finally hand Mayweather his first career loss.
"I think Guerrero's going to give Mayweather a much better fight than people think," said Trout. "Guerrero's a tough, ballsy kid. He can find ways to win. I think he's going to make it uncomfortable for Mayweather."
Trout's focus isn't on Mayweather vs. Guerrero however—he's got his own fight to worry about. That doesn't mean Trout can't see the big picture and he knows if he can win on Saturday, it could potentially land him the fight with Mayweather.
There's not a boxer anywhere in the world that doesn't want a piece of what Mayweather's built over the years, and Trout admits he's no different.
"He's in that position that I need to be in," Trout said about Mayweather. "I would like to see that fight down the road as well."
Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and all quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.