Houston turns out for Mayweather, Alvarez

Houston turns out for Mayweather, Alvarez
July 1, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Mayweather, Alvarez in Houston promoting fight

Golden Boy Productions was expecting a nice turnout when they booked Minute Maid Park as the venue for the eighth stop on their 10-day, nine-city promotional tour for the upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Mexican icon Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

Unfortunately, Oscar De La Hoya’s company may have seriously underestimated the Bayou City’s interest in the Light Middleweight-division unifying bout.

“I’m not surprised actually,” claimed De La Hoya, despite the fact that thousands of fans were turned away from Monday’s press conference because of Union Station’s limitations on capacity. “We’ve been here in Houston, we know the fans and how passionate they are towards boxing and towards great boxing and that’s what this event is all about.”

Slated for Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the clash features two undefeated fighters and a pair of the most popular athletes in their respective countries.

“Houston is one of the best places in America,” said Mayweather, after egging on a crowd that was largely pro-Alvarez. “I love Houston, great fans. Great basketball team, great football team. I love the city of Houston.”

Arriving to a sea of Mexican flags and chants of "Canelo," the 22-year-old Alvarez was clearly favored by the masses both inside and outside Minute Maid Park.

“This is the third time I’ve been to Houston and I’ve always received great support,” Alvarez said. “The only way to repay that support is with a great triumph.”

Both fighters also addressed their approach for the September tilt -- one with strategic talk, the other with his bombastic trademark.

“The fans can’t fight for you,” Mayweather chirped, referencing the crowd’s overwhelming response to Alvarez. “You could put me anywhere on earth, put me in the ring with gloves and I will always come out on top.”

“He’s got a very good defense, one that is hard to penetrate,” responded Alvarez. “I’m going to study his fights, especially the ones where he has had problems and that is how we’ll form our game plan.”

The fight -- which sold out in less than 24 hours -- will be televised on Showtime Pay-Per View.

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