NEW YORK —
“I used reckless pressure and he’s going to use smart pressure,” De La Hoya said. “That’s what going to be the difference. ... And I have three letters for (Alvarez): jab.”
Each fighter took a stroll down a makeshift red carpet leading to the dais with pops of confetti marking their entrances. Mayweather received a noticeable amount of boos with the crowd appearing to slightly favor Alvarez.
One fan, though, got Mayweather to crack up when he held up a Chucky doll from the “Child’s Play” movie franchise, taking a clear shot at Alvarez’s hair color.
The two took their seats after their stare-down — Mayweather next to Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO Mayweather Promotions, and Alvarez next to De la Hoya, the president of Golden Boy Promotions. It was a mostly tame news conference with the banter between sides at a minimum.
Before the news conference, Mayweather talked about shooting a commercial with the Spanish-speaking Alvarez and someone asked why he isn’t doing his usual trash talking with his opponent.
“He wouldn’t understand me anyway,” Mayweather said, laughing.
It is the second in Mayweather’s six-bout, 30-month contract with Showtime that could pay him more than $200 million. After Mayweather beat Guerrero, he said he wanted to fight again in September — marking the first time since 2007 he will be in the ring twice in a calendar year.
“I said I was going to be very active so I could stay sharp and be at the top of my game,” Mayweather said.
Mayweather showed little rust while dominating Guerrero by using superior defensive skills in his first ring appearance since serving a jail term for assaulting the mother of his children.
Alvarez is a confident and rapidly rising fighter who should provide a huge test for Mayweather. Alvarez was dominant against the previously unbeaten Trout, showing up some fans and media who speculated that perhaps he wasn’t ready to face such an experienced opponent.