HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – The upcoming Mayweather-Canelo press tour arrived in Houston on Monday afternoon to promote their upcoming title fight. The highly publicized fight between the eight-time, five-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 14.
Both fighters’ super welterweight/junior middleweight titles will be on the line for the 12-round fight which will be contested at 152 pounds. The 36-year old Mayweather is unbeaten in 44 fights with his last victory being a unanimous 12-round decision over Robert Guerrero on May 4 in defense of his 147-pound title. Alvarez, a 22-year-old rising star, is 42-0-1 with a unanimous victory over Austin Trout on April 20. Alvarez has won the WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine super welterweight championships.
“Canelo Alvarez – he’s solid. He’s solid. He’s tough. He’s a young fighter on the rise and the only thing I want to do is get the fans excited. After this fight, I got four more fights left with Showtime and CBS and we’ll see how they play out,” Mayweather said Monday.
“Hopefully some day I can come to Houston and fight also.”
Fans began gathering outside of Minute Maid Park as early Monday morning to catch a glimpse of the fighters, but many were left outside when Union Station filled to capacity for the 1 p.m press conference. Local firefighters and Houston-born celebrities such as rapper Paul Wall were in attendance as both fighters were presented with custom-made Houston Astros jerseys with their names on them.
The fighters kicked off their nine-day, ten-city tour in New York City’s Times Square on June 24 to announce and promote their upcoming mega-fight, which sold out in less than 24 hours. The Mayweather-Canelo fight will be televised on Showtime Pay-Per View.