Canelo Alvarez May 5th HBO PPV vs Shane Mosley

MEXICAN PHENOM  CANELO ALVAREZ HEIR APPARENT

TO CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND STARDOM

 

LOS ANGELES, April 26 – It has long been understood that if you are a Mexican superstar fighter,
you will be fighting on Cinco de Mayo weekend, which has traditionally become
the date and stage for boxing’s biggest mega-events.  Thanks to precocious
21-year-old WBC SuperWelterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez, it’s
clear that this fistic holidaytradition will continue well into the
future.

 

In that vein, Canelowill be defending his title against Six-Time
and Three-Division World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley as the co-main event of
“Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto,”on Saturday, May
5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. whichwill be produced
and distributed live byHBO Pay-Per-View®.

Canelo will be making his second Cinco de Mayo appearance, with his first beingon May 1, 2010,
when he defeated Jose Miguel Cotto on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s win
over Mosley. This year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration will also mark the
150thanniversary of the famous Mexican military victory over the
French in 1862.

Along with Cinco de Mayo weekend, Mexico’s Independence Day weekend has also long been a
traditional weekendfor Mexico’s most celebratedfighters to step into the ring.
Canelo has been in the spotlight for three straight Mexican Independence Day
weekends, knocking out Carlos Herrera in Puebla, Mexico on Sept. 15, 2009,
knocking out Carlos Baldomir on Sept. 18, 2010 in Los Angelesat STAPLES Center
and stopping Alfonso Gomez on Sept. 17 of last year, also in Los Angeles at
STAPLES Center.

 

Canelo’s ascent to holiday headliner is something that’s been importantto his promoter, Golden
Boy Promotions, and its president, Oscarde la Hoya, who long fought on these
holidays himself.

 

“It has become a rite of passage, as well as a sign of greatness, when a Mexican or
Mexican-American fighter is given the opportunity to fight on either Cinco de
Mayo weekend or Mexican Independence Day weekend,” said De La Hoya. “Those
weekends mean a great deal to our Hispanic fans.  It also means that a fighter
is a tremendous boxoffice draw. Canelo is heir to the throne.  His popularity
and appeal among sports fans, both Hispanic and non-Hispanics, has led him to
his prominent place on the May 5 card.”

 

Canelo’s fight with Mosley is the biggest of his career. A win over the future Hall of
Famerwilllaunch the undefeated Canelo (39-0-1, 29 KO’s)to an even higher level
of stardom.He could take ownership of these nights, joining the ranks of other
popular Mexican fighters who have participated inCinco de Mayo weekend and
Mexican Independence Day weekend events.

 

Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. took on Terrance Alli and Frankie Randall on Cinco de Mayo
weekends in 1993 and 1994 respectively. He also went to battle on five
consecutive Mexican Independence Day weekends in the early 1990s, defeating
Lonnie Smith and Hector Camacho Sr., drawing with Pernell Whitaker and beating
Meldrick Taylor and David Kamau. He passed the holiday torch to De La Hoya on
Sept. 18, 1998, and his last bout before retiring was on Sept. 17,
2005.

 

De La Hoya headlined Cinco de Mayo events in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008, knocking
out Yory Boy Campas and Ricardo Mayorga, losing to Mayweather and defeating
Steve Forbes respectively. The Golden Boy was also a familiar face on Mexican
Independence Day weekend, facing Camacho Sr. in 1997, Chavez Sr. in 1998, Felix
Trinidad in 1999, Fernando Vargas in 2002, Mosley in 2003 and Bernard Hopkins in
2004.

 

The epic battle between Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo took place on May 7, 2005.On that
undercard was Juan Manuel Marquez, no stranger himself to fighting on the
Mexican holiday weekends with his first bout againstManny Pacquiaocomingon May
8, 2004 and havingfought on Mexican Independence Day weekend cards in 2004, 2008
and 2009 against Orlando Salido, Joel Casamayor and Mayweather.

 

Marquez’s compatriots, Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales, both fought on several
occasions around Independence Day with Barrera defeating Robbie Peden in 2005
and Rocky Juarez in 2006, and Morales beating Junior Jones in 1998 and Pablo
Cesar Cano last year.

 

These two holiday weekends and the legendary fighterswho have fought on them have
given Mexicans and Mexican-Americans many reasons to celebrate. Canelo Alvarez
has the talent and charisma to give them one more reason for several more years
to come.

 

“Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto,” a 12-round fight
for Cotto’s WBA Super Welterweight World Championship and the vacant WBC Super
Welterweight Diamond belt, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy
Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions.  Also featured will be Canelo Alvarez
vs. Sugar Shane Mosley
, a 12-round fight for Canelo’s WBC Super Welterweight
World Championship which is presented in association with Canelo Promotions and
Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions and a 10-round welterweight fight featuring
undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas and former World Champion
Steve Forbes.  Opening the
pay-per-view broadcast will be a 10-round bout between super welterweight
contender DeAndre Latimore and former World Champion Carlos
Quintana
which is presented in association with DiBella Entertainment.  The
mega event is sponsored by Corona, Hatfields & McCoys on HISTORY™, DeWalt
Tools, AT&T, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Puebla – Cinco De Mayo and will take
place Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be
produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m.
ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

 

Limited tickets
for “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” are still available, with a total ticket
limit of ten (10) per person.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call
Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at
www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

 

Three Las Vegas
MGM Resorts, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo and The Mirage, will host live closed
circuit telecasts of “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto.”  Advanced purchased
tickets for the closed circuit telecasts are priced at $75, not including
handling fees.  All seats are general admission and are on sale now at each
individual property’s box office outlets or by phone with a major credit card at
(866) 799-7711.

 

Episodethree of
HBO’s all-access reality series 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO debuts on Saturday, April
28 (9:45 p.m. ET/PT), with the finale debuting Friday, May 4 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT),
the night before the high-stakes super welterweight title bout.  All four
episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be
available on HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

 

NCM Fathom will
broadcast “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” in high definition LIVE to more
than 440 movie theaters nationwide.  Tickets to see the fight on the big screen
are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.