SAN DIEGO, September 11, 2013 – Two of boxing’s current superstars, Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, arrived in Las Vegas on Tuesday along with the undercard fighters for final preparations for “The One,” world championship boxing in Las Vegas on September 14.
If the hype wasn’t quite at fever pitch before, when the boxers walk into the MGM Grand Hotel to greet 2,000 crazed fans there is no doubt. Getting the chance to see their favorite stars up close is one of the reasons boxing remains accessible and beloved by its followers.
Eight-time, five-division World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather will take on super welterweight World Champion and Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a catch-weight contest on Saturday. While it may not be “The One” fight fans hoped for, it’s the one they will gladly watch. As a result, it has the potential to smash numerous money records for boxing.
Mayweather, 36, stands atop any objective ranking of pound for pound best boxers. He is undefeated with a record of 44 wins, 26 by knockout. He is also the world’s best-paid athlete for the second year in a row as ranked by ESPN’s “The Money List.” He lives large and he lives loud. Love him or hate him, true boxing heads respect what Mayweather has been able to achieve in his career.
Alvarez is a sensation in his native Mexico and has a growing fan base in the U.S. He is also undefeated at age 23 with a record of 42 wins and one draw with 30 knockouts. He was perhaps a surprising choice as an opponent to some.
It will be a match-up between a classic Mexican style fighter who comes straight toward his opponent, and the defense and quickness of Mayweather. They are fighting at a 152-pound catchweight, a subject of some controversy following statements from The Money Team that Team Canelo made a mistake by agreeing to fight at 152 pounds.
“I’m the bigger guy, why would I give up weight?” Alvarez asked the news media in a brief news conference Tuesday. “They wanted to fight at welterweight (which is 147 pounds). I told them, ‘No way, those days are over for me.’ Then they said let’s do the fight at 150. I said I couldn’t do that. Then 151. Then we finally agreed on 152.
“I would come down two pounds to make the important fight. They told us not to disclose anything and we were fine with that. The reason why we are talking about the weight today is because they called us idiots and they are lying.”
Mayweather didn’t acknowledge questions surrounding the catch-weight. He spoke confidently about remaining undefeated and boxing’s top draw after Saturday.
“He’s not the future,” Mayweather said. “But he’s still going to be a star after he loses on Saturday. When I’m in a fight like this I’m not losing … I give Canelo credit for showing up on Sept. 14 and that’s it.”
“This is not just a fight, this is what we call an event,” said Mayweather.
The event also includes an exciting co-featured bout along with the 12-round main event. WBC, WBA super lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia of Philadelphia will face off against one of the hardest punchers in boxing, WBC interim super lightweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina.
Also on the card, junior middleweights Ishe Smith vs. Carlos Molina , and welterweights Pablo Cesar Cano and Ashley Theophane. The televised event begins live on Showtime PPV at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The event will also be shown in numerous Vegas hotels via closed circuit telecast, and across the country in 550 movie theaters. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
For those watching and for those wanted to follow and talk about the action, Communities will host a LIVE CHAT beginning on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET with the televised undercard fights.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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