The first weekend in May has often been called the busiest in all of sports with the Kentucky Derby, the NBA playoffs and early-season MLB series heating up. It’s also typically the weekend of the biggest boxing match of the year, coinciding with the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo.
This 5 de Mayo superstars Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will square off at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (HBO PPV, 9 p.m. ET).
Taking a glance at their respective fighting styles reveals that this 164.5-pound catch weight bout has all the makings of an action-packed battle, in addition to the bad blood between these two warriors that includes years of trash talk, this fight has a shot at living up to its billing as the biggest fight in Mexican boxing history.
Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) is 6-0 since his lone loss, a decision defeat to Floyd Mayweather in 2013,he has headlined five pay-per-views during that span, winning all to become the sport’s biggest draw.
Chavez (50-2-1, 32 KOs), meanwhile, is looking to redeem himself after 5 years spent damaging his career through drug suspensions, missed weight, laziness and an overall lack of professionalism.