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Mayweather, Alvarez Kick Off Tour in Times Square

Floyd Mayweather, center left, poses in a face-off with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez during a boxing news conference

By Dennis Waszak, Jr.

NEW YORK — Floyd Mayweather stood in the middle of a jam-packed Times Square, speaking over the chants of ”Mex-i-co!” that grew increasingly louder.

The eight-time world champion also had plenty of fans cheering him on, but Mexican star Saul ”Canelo” Alvarez appeared to be the slight crowd favorite as the two kicked off an 11-city tour to officially announce and promote their title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sept. 14.

Not that it seemed to bother Mayweather all that much.

”I take my hat off to the country of Mexico, and they have produced some tremendous champions and I respect the country of Mexico,” Mayweather said on a steamy afternoon in the heart of Manhattan in front of a few thousand fans with Broadway marquees serving as a colorful backdrop.

”But one thing I always know about the sport of boxing is that my fans can’t fight for me, and his fans can’t fight for him,” he continued. ”The Earth is my turf. You can put me in any ring and I will always come out victorious.”

The promotional tour includes stops in cities such as Washington D.C., Chicago, Miami and Mexico City, and is jumpstarting the hype ahead of one of boxing’s most anticipated bouts in recent memory.

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