Political climate adds intensity to Mexican boxing showdown

Political climate adds intensity to Mexican boxing showdown

Last week, 90,000 fans packed Wembley Stadium in London for a heavyweight thriller. Even his lone professional defeat failed to derail his career, because let's face it, losing to Floyd Mayweather as a 22-year-old is no disgrace at all. -Manny Pacquiao blockbuster fight ended with boos and jeers and has been blamed on ensuing disappointing pay-per-view numbers. We look at our pay-per-view numbers, there's no comparison.

According to Bovada, Canelo sits comfortably as the favorite at -500.

“This is the flawless timing for this fight, ” Cortez added, “and I think it delivers a message to the president of the United States.”. If Chavez Jr. protects his body and is slow to react to Canelo's combinations then he will leave himself vulnerable to getting caught with a power shot upstairs which can also end his night in a very disastrous fashion.

His biggest critic, though, might be his six-time world champion father who once had a 90-fight unbeaten streak. For Chavez this fight can be summarized in one word.

The 26-year-old Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) said he was glad that Chavez (50-2-1, 32 KOs), 31, made the weight. Chavez Jr. fought as an amateur only twice, bout against Jorge Paez Jr.

Son of former Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez Sr, he believes his size will have a crucial bearing on the fight. Had either fighter been over 164.5 pounds at the official weigh in today, it would have cost either 1million dollars per pound.

"I came here to win, not just fight", Chavez said. As far as guaranteed purses, Mayweather said McGregor never had more than a $3 million or $5 million guaranteed purse. "I'm training a fighter for the first time against the guy everybody says is Mexico's best fighter". I think that's the difference in the fight.

There have been plenty of barbs traded since the fight was announced.

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Theres no shying away from the political overtones ahead of the sold-out fight thats billed as one of the biggest involving Mexican boxers. Ultimately, the 164.5 lb catchweight seems like too much of a drop for Chavez Jr.to be at peak effectiveness, so expect Alvarez to take care of business in this potential tune-up for a blockbuster showdown with Gennady Golovkin. And, true, over the past few years Chavez Jr. and Alvarez have come close to blows with their war of words and of course that always leads up to a major billing which this fight has become. Beristain is a great trainer, but that doesn't make him a miracle worker.

"Nacho really pushed Julio. I feel great. I can get to 160 pounds again if I needed to".

"In Mexico, this could be important because this could be the making of an idol who everybody could follow", Chavez said through an interpreter.

The two will finally square off in the highly anticipated bout tonight at T-Mobile Arena.

"This could be like my big second opportunity", Chavez said.

"The person who loses is going to lose a lot", Chavez said. "Both of us have a lot of pressure". Chavez Jr. was the first of the two to step onto the scale and "JC Jr" nailed it.

There is no atmosphere in the world of sports like the atmosphere when two beloved and talented Mexican boxers are set to fight each other. Alvarez also believes Chavez Jr. has soiled the reputation the elder Chavez has bled to cement.