MEXICO CITY (June 30, 2013) – “THE ONE: Mayweather vs. Canelo” press tour continued on a beautiful summer Sunday in Mexico’s capital city where local police estimated that 32,000 excitable fans turned out at Monumento de los Niños Heroesto greet pound-for-pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather and national hero Canelo Alvarez.
Mexican television network Televisa covered the proceedings, which, like the previous six stops on this unprecedented press tour, was part press conference and part fan rally.
Quotes from Mayweather and Canelo on Sunday in Mexico City:
Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Eight-Time and Five Division World Champion
“It’s great to be in Mexico. The turnout here and all throughout this tour has been amazing. Canelo has a lot of fans here in Mexico. We expected that, but I don’t fight for one country. I fight for the whole world.
“I have faced a lot of great champions in my career and I can honestly say that my toughest opponents have been Mexican.
“One thing I know is that Mexicans know boxing.
“I got into this sport to be the best and I’m pretty sure Canelo got into the sport to be the best, but the difference is that I was born to win and I will die to win.
I don’t know how this fight is going to play out. That’s what makes this match-up so interesting. We’ll all find out on September 14.
“I’m the pound-for-pound best. I’m ‘The One,’ and on September 14, you’ll see.
“I commend Canelo. He’s a young, strong champion. I congratulate his team, but when you face Floyd Mayweather you face the best.
“Right now I just can’t be beat. Maybe in 20 years he’ll be the king, but not right now. September 14 is just another day for me.”
Canelo Alvarez, Super Welterweight World Champion
“I want to thank everyone for coming out here…all of you. I’ve always said that we had to come to Mexico (on this tour). There’s no other place like Mexico. I’m so happy.
“There are a lot of people who don’t think I’m going to win, but on September 14, you’ll see that I will win.
“I’ve always wanted to be the best in the sport and I’m on my way. I couldn’t let this opportunity go by and I will take advantage of it on September 14.
“I'm always training. I never stop. To win we have to prepare well and not ignore the little things.
“I feel the size of this event. I feel the emotion, but I am calm and on September 14, I’ll be okay.
“I began fighting when I was 15 years old and at that time I wasn't ready to fight him. Now I’m ready. I always go in with a winning mentality. I’ll prepare to win.”
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“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 and Valvoline. 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 on June 25, 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. Tickets for closed circuit viewing at ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage and Monte Carlo are now on sale. Tickets for the closed circuit telecast at New York-New York will go on sale on Monday, July 1 at 3:00 p.m. ET/Noon PT.