|Mayweather and Canelo square off during presser at Howard Theatre. Photos/CD Brown.|
|Canelo Alverez addresses fans during Tuesday fight promo tour in DC. Photos/CD Brown.|
Yesterday’s presser was significantly hyped by a Latino DJ who served as the event’s ‘hype man’ and 'master of ceremony' of sorts, who went around the room selecting more Latino audience members to ask who they were proclaiming who would be the victor of the September 14th match up than he did African American audience members, in a city where boxing has seen its ups and downs as it continues to struggle to be billed as a destination fight town.
Still, Mayweather supporters came out in droves and chanted TMT! (Mayweather's acronym for ‘The Money Team’), and Hard Work! Dedication!, a mantra that has sealed the fighter as the most winning boxer in his weight class, pound-for-pound, and the highest paid athlete of all time, in any sport, ever.
|Mayweather signs autograph for fan. Photo/CD Brown.|
|Fans and media surround Mayweather outside the Howard Theatre. Photo CD Brown.|
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*[Side bar: DC is still waiting for the multi-millionaire to show support for the city who has supported him. How many educational, community and social programs could the Money Man help support? I’m just saying. After all, the dude did just wager $5m on the NBA playoffs in favor of the Miami Heat].
Seen at the presser were Seth 'Mayhem' Mitchell and recently turned pro fighter, Dusty Hernandez-Harrison, both DC area fighters coming off impressive wins recently.
Said Hernandez, "I can't wait to have a day like this for me."
Update*** Fight officially SOLD OUT (in less than 24 hours).