By Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime
The press tour for the September 14 Floyd Mayweather – Saul “Canelo” Alvarez bout landed in the Nation’s Capitol Washington, DC on Tuesday and hundreds lined the block around the historic Howard Theatre to greet them.
The recently refurbished venue which dates back to 1910 and has had some of the greats in music and entertainment grace its stage, showcased two of the major stars of boxing. The crowd was vocal in their support of both fighters. Mayweather paid homage to DC by hitting the stage to the tune of “Run Joe,” a song familiar to Washingtonians because it was performed by the late “Godfather of Go-Go,” Chuck Brown.
Prior to the main event of the afternoon, both fighters sat down with members of the press in a storage room converted into a media center. Alvarez walked in first and talked primarily about being confident for the bout. When asked what will give him the edge in the contest, Alvarez said it will come down to who wants it more.
“The best is going to win,” Alvarez said through an interpreter. “We are both motivated, both talented and both want to win.”
Alvarez did surprise some in the press corps by claiming “I feel I can outbox [Mayweather].” Alvarez did not elaborate on how this was going to be done.
Mayweather entered about 30 minutes later and gave Alvarez credit but also said that this will be a new experience for the younger Alvarez.
“[Alvarez's] solid and strong,” Mayweather said. “But this is new to him. He’s used to being the pre-main event, not the main event. This is a different pressure.”
Mayweather says he can win this bout because “I can make adjustments. I have versatility.”
The Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez bout will take place on Saturday, September 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV.