On May 6th Canelo and Chavez will meet in Las Vegas to engage each other in what is expected to be one of the greatest fights both of this year and this generation. But the stakes in this bout are much higher than the average prizefight and when Canelo and Chavez meet each other in the ring also at stake will be the pride and adoration of the countless Mexican fans that have filled arenas stood by generation after generation of legends such as Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Julio Cesar Chavez, Salvador Sanchez and more. Aside form the fans and their heritage however, Chavez and Alvarez couldn’t be more different from each other if they tried and in the recent 24/7 episodes offered by HBO it has become clear that even though these two fighters may have some respect for each other, they clearly do not like each other. Both men are from completely different backgrounds and with Chavez coming from privilege being the son of famed Julio Cesar Chavez Sr and also having the advantage of Jose Suleiman his godfather and president of the WBC on his side it wasn’t hard for him to already have a foot in the door when it came to stepping into boxing with an already established fan base and assured title shot in the future. Alvarez on the other hand had no such advantages and had to take the hard route, working his way up into the ranks of the boxing elite first defeating little known challengers before taking difficult opponents such as Mayweather, Cotto, Trout, Khan, and Lara.
On May 6th if nothing else serves as motivation or these two fighters it is the fact that they both have a great deal to prove to boxing fans globally and that this is a fight that neither can afford to lose. Chavez has constantly been accused by boxing critics of using his father’s legacy to keep himself a relevant and assured contender by using his father’s legacy while fighting less than worthy opponents while Canelo has likewise been accused in the past of fighting less than worthy opponents while coming into fights seemingly heavier than normal which assured him a weight advantage over smaller opponents. One thing is for sure and it is the fact that this is not a fight that either men can afford to lose as not only are their reputations at stake but also the future of their boxing careers. Since Mayweather officially retired from the sport the race has been on to determine who will fill his shoes as the next PPV star of boxing and this is the fight that could full well give us that star. With only one day to go before we have that answer fans can only wait with anticipation as these fighters make the final preparations necessary to give us the answer.