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  • WBC/WBA 154-pound champion Canelo Alvarez, left, avoids a punch from Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.
    Live color from MGM Grand for Mayweather-Alvarez’s ‘The One,’ which is another Mayweather boxing clinic
    Sept. 14, 2013
    As a crowd brimming with celebs from entertainment and sports, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was too experienced, too fast and too fit for overmatched Canelo Alvarez.
  • Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, attends a news conference at the MGM Grand Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
    On day of big fight, De La Hoya contending with a demon of his own
    Sept. 14, 2013
    Discussions with Oscar De La Hoya about his sobriety came with a caveat, a disclaimer he provided: He slipped up occasionally. When De La Hoya checked back into a treatment center this week, it came on perhaps his biggest week since he retired as one of the most popular boxers ever. He will miss tonight's fight of the year, set up by him and his Golden Boy Promotions, between his protégé, Saul Alvarez, and De La Hoya's nemesis, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
  • Undefeated boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Canelo Alvarez of Mexico pose during an official weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Friday Sept. 13, 2013. The boxers will face each other in a WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the arena Saturday.
    Many fans miss out as arena is packed for Mayweather-Alvarez weigh-in
    Sept. 13, 2013
    If you showed up late to the MGM Grand Garden Arena today hoping to grab a glimpse of boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez during the weigh-in for their Saturday super welterweight title fight, you wouldn’t have gotten into the arena.
  • Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. signs autographs for fans as he arrives at the MGM Grand Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Mayweather will face Canelo Alvarez of Mexico in a WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14. Alvarez is also undefeated with one draw.
    As big weekend beckons visitors — and criminals — to Strip, police offer tips to avoid being a target
    Sept. 13, 2013
    Highly anticipated boxing match? Check. More tourists? Check. More crime? Possibly. Authorities are asking Strip-goers to hold their belongings extra tight this weekend along Las Vegas Boulevard, which is expected to be packed with people in town to watch undefeated champions Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez face off Saturday night. If a championship prizefight isn’t enough of a draw, thousands of people also are expected all weekend for events commemorating Mexican Independence Day, which is Monday. “Any time you have an increase of people on the Strip, you’ll have an increase of crooks,” said Metro Police Capt. Robert ...
  • Dancers at the 2011 Fiesta Las Vegas Latino Parade and Festival in downtown Las Vegas.
    Action-packed schedule ahead for Mexican Independence Day, Hispanic Heritage Month
    Sept. 11, 2013
    Like a multiple-day music festival with several stages, the plethora of Las Vegas events surrounding Mexican Independence Day and Hispanic Heritage Month requires a tactical approach to get the most from all of the offerings. Hispanic Heritage Month runs Sept. 15-Oct. 15, but most of the events in Southern Nevada are booked closer to Mexican Independence Day, which is Monday.
  • Undefeated boxer Canelo Alvarez of Mexico is reflected in a mirrored ceiling as he arrives at the MGM Grand Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. Alvarez will face Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday.
    Mayweather, Alvarez usher in one of the biggest fight weeks in history
    Sept. 11, 2013
    Like navigating the world’s most complex corn maze, getting from one side of the MGM Grand lobby to the other Tuesday afternoon proved treacherous and overwhelming. Obstacles impeding any view of the path included hundreds of outstretched arms with hands gripped on camera phones. Dead-ends of boxing fans maneuvering for position to catch a glimpse of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vastly outnumbered front-desk personnel waiting to check visitors in.
  • IBF 154-pound champion Ishe Smith, right, works on his timing with assistant trainer Rafael Ramos at the Mayweather Boxing Club Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Head trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad watches at far right. Smith will defend his title against Carlos Molina of Mexico at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14.
    Ishe Smith's journey to fight Saturday at the MGM a tale of patience, persistence
    Sept. 10, 2013
    The countless winter evenings spent at the Thomas & Mack Center during my childhood helped fuel an unreachable dream: I wanted to play for the hometown Rebels. Thinking back, it was sure fun imagining myself in the Rebels’ scarlet and gray and slamming home an alley-oop pass from Mark Wade. That’s why Ishe Smith's rise to prominence as a championship boxer is easy to appreciate. If you thought it was difficult getting one of a handful of roster spots at UNLV, imagine the long odds of becoming a boxing champion ... at age 35.
  • In this June 7, 1993, file photo, newly crowned WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison receives his championship belt after defeating George Foreman in Las Vegas. Morrison, a former heavyweight champion who gained fame for his role in the movie "Rocky V," has died. He was 44. Morrison's former manager, Tony Holden says his longtime friend died Sunday night, Sept. 1, 2013, at a Nebraska hospital.
    Heavyweight boxer Tommy Morrison dies at 44
    Sept. 2, 2013
    Tommy Morrison's career reached its pinnacle on a hot June night in Las Vegas, when he stepped into the ring and beat George Foreman to become heavyweight champion. It reached its nadir when he tested positive for HIV three years later.
  • Posters with the face of Canelo Alvarez marked out with tape are shown at the Mayweather Boxing Club Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Mayweather will face Alvarez of Mexico in a WBC/WBA 154-pound title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 14.
    Take 5: From a new car to his confident attitude, Floyd Mayweather Jr. ready for mega-fight with Alvarez
    Aug. 29, 2013
    Step one foot into the Mayweather Boxing Club on Spring Mountain Road and you can’t help noticing the framed posters on every wall documenting Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s perfect 44-0 record.
  • Mike McCallum Jr., a Silverado High School student, listens to his father during a workout at Johnny Tocco's Boxing Gym Thursday, May 9, 2013.  Mike McCallum Sr., known as the "Body Snatcher" for his fierce body punching, won world titles in three weight divisions.
    A boxer's quandary: Do I want my son to follow my footsteps into the ring?
    June 16, 2013
    Prize fighter Mike McCallum would hold his 1-year-old son on his shoulder, as the boy’s bowed legs, wrapped in plastic braces, dangled in front of him. He feared that his boy would never follow him into the ring. The sight pained the father, a hall of famer known back in the day as the Body Snatcher. Would his own son's body grow into that of a prize fighter?
  • Undefeated welterweight boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. smiles during a workout at the Mayweather Boxing Club Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Mayweather will defend his WBC welterweight title against Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4.
    Floyd Mayweather Jr. opens as -270 betting favorite against Canelo Alvarez
    May 30, 2013
    Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a heavy favorite to keep his undefeated boxing record intact. Mayweather, who late Wednesday agreed to a Sept. 14 fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena against Canelo Alvarez, is listed as a -270 betting favorite at William Hill US for the WBA/WBC super welterweight title fight
  • Undefeated WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. attends a news conference at the MGM Grand Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Mayweather will defend his title against Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday.
    Mayweather announces Alvarez fight on Twitter
    May 29, 2013
    Floyd Mayweather tweeted that he will fight Mexican star Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 14 at the MGM Grand.
  • Floyd Mayweather shakes hands with ringside photographers after his fight against Robert Guerrero Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather won a unanimous decision to retain his welterweight titles.
    Mayweather again top-earning US athlete on SI list
    May 15, 2013
    Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the highest-earning athlete in American sports for the second straight year.
  • Boxer Mike Tyson, former undisputed heavyweight champion, prepares to release a pigeon at his home in Henderson Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. Tyson breeds rolling pigeons, a variety of pigeon that has the ability to tumble or roll in the air.
    Adult Swim plans a cartoon show to star Mike Tyson
    May 10, 2013
    Adult Swim says it's turning Mike Tyson into a cartoon detective.
  • Boxer Manny Pacquiao smiles during a news conference at MGM Grand on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will fight for a fourth time in a welterweight bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday.
    Manny Pacquiao to fight Brandon Rios in China on Nov. 23
    May 6, 2013
    Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring Nov. 23 against Brandon Rios at the Macau Venetian resort in China, Pacquiao’s promoter and lead adviser announced Monday.
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