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13 NOVEMBER 2018

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Canelo and Mayweather Visit San Antonio....Separately

Canelo arrives in San Antonio
Canelo arrives in San Antonio

By Marc Livitz in San Antonio, TX: The Alamo City has a rich boxing tradition and the hardcore fight fans who call it home are always more than eager to help keep the fighting tradition alive year after year. A few months ago, nearly 40,000 fans packed the Alamodome to see Mexican ring superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez take on Austin Trout. Shortly after his victory, Alvarez (42(30)-0-1) had not quite cleared the sweat resulting from twelve rounds of constant slugging from his brow when his future intentions were made quite clear. The fresh faced, red headed and unbeaten boxer from Guadalajara, MX was going for the pugilistic gold and he wanted a crack at the sport’s reigning king, the one and only Floyd "Money" Mayweather, Jr. (44(26)-0).


Unlike last April’s bout versus Trout, the fans who flocked to the historic Alamo this afternoon weren’t a kind 99 to 1 ratio in favor of Canelo. The two fighters made San Antonio stop nine of eleven as part of their multi city press tour to promote their September 14 showdown in Las Vegas.


The fight itself sold out in less than twenty four hours and is ever so quickly gaining steam and popularity as the date draws closer. Some have even predicted that the WBA and WBC light middleweight title bout could eclipse the totals reached for Mayweather’s 2007 clash with then fighter and now promoter Oscar de la Hoya.


Shortly before the press conference in San Antonio commenced, Mayweather Promotions announced that tomorrow’s scheduled appearance in Phoenix had been canceled out of respect for the nineteen firefighters who lost their lives while battling a wildfire in Arizona.


The press conference in San Antonio was originally scheduled to begin at 6pm, but each fighter was delayed on their respective flights from Houston, just 200 miles to the east. Canelo arrived around 6:30pm despite Mayweather’s plane being behind schedule. Alvarez said that he frankly didn’t care whether or not Floyd showed, as in his words, "I am here for you just as you are here for me."


At 7:30PM CST, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer informed the eager crowd that Mayweather’s plane had finally landed and that he was en route. Collectively speaking, the one thing which every single person in attendance today could smile about was the overcast skies which canceled out the usual 100 plus degree Texas sun.


Floyd finally graced the red carpet styled extended catwalk close to 8pm.


Selected quotes listed below.


Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar de la Hoya: "I have always considered San Antonio as my second home and the fight fans here are second to none. This is only the beginning of Canelo’s greatness and a tradition of victory. September 14 will be a great night for the sport and a great win for Canelo and the people of Mexico."


WBA and WBC Light Middleweight Champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez:

"Thank you to everyone who came here. I feel like I am home here because I was treated so well the last time I was here. The press conference was set to start at 6pm and I am here because I respect you. I know there are fans of Mayweather here as well and I am here for both of them. Floyd thinks all fighters have to fear and respect him, but I am here for all fans of boxing."


Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe: "Come September 14, we will promise you that there will be a great fight. Floyd is the number one fighter in the world and an eight time world champion in eight different weight classes."



Floyd Mayweather: "First off, thanks so much to all the fans. You’ve been brilliant over the years. I wouldn’t be here without you. I commend you guys. Canelo is a young, strong champion but I’ve been here before. San Antonio is a great fight city and there’s no city like it. And if ya’ll don’t know...Mayweather loves Mexico. I did it on Cinco de Mayo and I’ll do it again in September."


"I was once told that it’s not bragging if you can back it up. They’ve put forty four in front of me and forty four have come up short. Look at my record and then look at his. Are you betting on youth or are you betting on experience? I only ask you this. Go check the records. Tell me ten champions that Canelo has beaten. Just ten. When you get to twenty or thirty, then you’re talking about me."


"September 14 is just another walk in the park. You know how I got here. We’re not going to talk about (Austin) Trout. Floyd Mayweather is not just a smart fighter. It takes brains to surround yourself with brains. We put Canelo on my undercards and we let him get to the pinnacle. Guess what we’re going to do? We’re going to knock him right off. It’s okay though. He’s young and we’ll build him back up.


"I never worry about his trainer or my trainer. I don’t see anything but tunnel vision. (Manny) Pacquiao is a has-been and his career is over. Juan Manuel Marquez and Julio Cesar Chavez are legends. Chavez beat my uncle (Roger Mayweather) twice.


"Canelo and I have been going face to face, but he doesn’t like that.


"Thank you, San Antonio. I’m very sorry that I was late."


July 1, 2013

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