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“The One: Mayweather vs. Canelo” press tour came to a conclusion Tuesday night before 10,000 fans at Nokia Plaza at L.A. LIVE. Tempers didn’t exactly flare between Floyd Mayweather, Canelo Alvarez and their camps during the first nine tour stops, but things started to heat up on the last stop, when Floyd lashed out not at Canelo, but at promoter Oscar de la Hoya. (Full details here).
Mayweather told reporters afterward that “this was the only time on the press tour that there was trash talk. They never said a word in the first nine cities. They were totally quiet. Now, all of a sudden we’re in L.A. and they’re talking big like, Canelo is the king. Well, as you saw, if you shoot shots at me, I’ll shoot shots back. How you react to me is how I’ll react to you. You show me respect, I show you respect. Every time they give a fighter a huge buildup, I bring them down. It’s so crazy. Canelo is a great, young, strong champion, but he’s never fought on pay-per-view unless he’s been on one of my undercards. I’ve been here before, done it all for 17 years. Does he belong in the ring with me? We’ll just have to see, but I haven’t seen it yet.”