FLOYD "MONEY" MAYWEATHER & CANELO ALVAREZ
KICK OFF FIGHT WEEK IN GRAND FASHION FOR
"THE ONE: MAYWEATHER vs. CANELO"
"He's not the future." - Floyd Mayweather
"I'm not intimated by all of this. This is my time." - Canelo Alvarez
Saturday, Sept. 14, LIVE on SHOWTIME PPV®
From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (Sept. 10, 2013) - Eight-time, five-division World Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Super Welterweight World Champion and Mexican SuperstarCanelo Alvarez kicked off fight week for "THE ONE: MAYWEATHER vs. CANELO" as the two superstars arrived in grand fashion in front of approximately 2,000 screaming fanson Tuesday at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby.
Canelo's WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Welterweight World Championships and Mayweather's WBA Super Welterweight Super World Championship will be at stake this Saturday on SHOWTIME PPV in the most significant boxing showdown in recent memory.
Mayweather and Canelo briefly met with the media following Tuesday's formal arrival, where the subject quickly turned to the controversy surrounding the 152-pound catchweight and statements from The Money Team that Team Canelo made a mistake in agreeing to fight at 152 pounds.
"I'm the bigger guy, why would I give up weight?" Canelo asked the media. "You want to know what happened? They wanted to fight at welterweight. 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."
Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, had a firm response to Canelo's comments.
"We took advantage of a situation," Ellerbe said. "The kid suggested it himself a long time ago. He put himself out there like that and we're going to hold his feet to the fire."
Mayweather, who didn't acknowledge questions surrounding the catch-weight, insisted he'll still be boxing's No. 1 draw after Saturday's showdown.
"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.
"You don't think I could go to the Alamodome and sell it out? I give Canelo credit for showing up on Sept. 14 and that's it."
"I take my hat off to Richard Schaefer; he works very, very hard, him and Leonard [Ellerbe]," said Mayweather when asked about the massive size of the Sept. 14 promotion. "This is not just a fight, this is what we call an event These people play a major key to my success. This is the Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions show, and we now run boxing."
ABOUT "THE ONE: MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO":
"THE ONE: MAYWEATHER VS. CANELO," a 12-round fight for Canelo's WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine Super Welterweight World Championships and Mayweather's WBA Super Welterweight Super World Championship taking place Saturday, Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona, O'Reilly Auto Parts, AT&T, Valvoline, Mexico Tourism, Fred Loya Insurance and Nature Nutrition. In the 12-round co-featured attraction, WBC, WBA Super and Ring Magazine Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia and thunderous puncher WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse square off in a fight presented in association with Swift Promotions and Arano Box Promotions. Also, Ishe Smith vs. Carlos Molina square off in a 12-round battle for Smith's IBF Junior Middleweight World Title which is promoted in association with Warriors Boxing. The opening bout on SHOWTIME PPV features a 10-round welterweight showdown between Pablo Cesar Cano and Ashley Theophane. The mega-event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The event can be heard in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP). Less than 24 hours after going on sale in June, the event was sold out, but six MGM Resorts properties will host live closed circuit telecasts of "THE ONE." Properties showcasing the event include ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo and New York-New York. General admission tickets for the closed circuit telecasts are priced at $100, not including handling fees, and are available for purchase at each individual property's box office outlets and also are available for purchase by phone with a major credit card at 866-799-7711. Closed circuit ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. Tickets also are available through Ticketmaster by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. "THE ONE" will also be broadcast on nearly 550 select movie theaters across the country. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.