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Mayweather Jr, Alvarez start 11-city tour


“I used reckless pressure and he’s going to use smart pressure,” De la Hoya said. “That’s what going to be the difference ... And I have three letters for [Alvarez]: jab.”

Each fighter took a stroll down a makeshift red carpet leading to the dais with pops of confetti marking their entrances. Mayweather received a noticeable amount of boos, with the crowd appearing to slightly favor Alvarez.

One fan, though, got Mayweather to crack up when he held up a Chucky doll from the Child’s Play movie franchise, taking a clear shot at Alvarez’s hair color.

The two took their seats after their stare-down — Mayweather next to Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, and Alvarez next to De la Hoya, the president of Golden Boy Promotions. It was a mostly tame news conference, with the banter between sides at a minimum.

Before the news conference, Mayweather talked about shooting a commercial with the Spanish-speaking Alvarez and someone asked why he is not doing his usual trash talking with his opponent.

“He wouldn’t understand me anyway,” Mayweather said, laughing.

It is the second in Mayweather’s six-bout, 30-month contract with Showtime that could pay him more than US$200 million. After Mayweather beat Guerrero, he said he wanted to fight again in September — the first time since 2007 he will be in the ring twice in a calendar year.

“I said I was going to be very active so I could stay sharp and be at the top of my game,” Mayweather said.

Mayweather showed little rust while dominating Guerrero by using superior defensive skills in his first ring appearance since serving a jail term for assaulting the mother of his children.

Alvarez is a confident and rapidly rising fighter who should provide a huge test for Mayweather. Alvarez was dominant against the previously unbeaten Trout, showing up some fans and media who speculated that perhaps he was not ready to face such an experienced opponent.

“To be the best,” Alvarez said when asked before the news conference what his motivation is to fight Mayweather now. “[I want] to go down in history as the guy who beat the guy people consider the best.”

When the news conference was over, both fighters got up and stared each other down one more time, and again, the crowd went wild.

“It’s always been one of my ultimate goals to get to the pinnacle of the sport and push myself to the limit by facing the best,” Mayweather said. “He’s a young champion. What else can I say?”

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