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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Monday kicked off their 11-city press tour at Times Square in New York City. They will tangle in a junior middleweight title-unification bout on Sept. 14 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on Showtime pay-per-view).
The tour, which went to Washington D.C. on Tuesday, will shift to Mayweather’s hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich., on Wednesday and eventually culminate July 2 at Nokia Plaza in downtown Los Angeles at 7:30 p.m.; it is open to the public.
The fight will take place on Mexican Independence Day weekend. Since Alvarez is from Mexico, and about as popular as a fighter can be there, he could very well have more fans in the arena on fight night. Mayweather is cool with that.
“Mexico has produced some legendary champions; I take my hat off to them,” he said. “I respect the country of Mexico, but something I’ve always enjoyed about the sport of boxing is that my fans can’t fight for me and his fans can’t fight for him.”
Speaking in front of thousands at Times Square, Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) recognized what he’s up against in attempting to hand Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) his first defeat.
“I’m younger and bigger, which are very important keys,” said Alvarez, 22; Mayweather is 36. “But you must remember that Floyd is a very intelligent fighter. But I’m going to have the right game plan.”