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Canelo Alvarez wants to be the new face of boxing

Canelo Alvarez wants to be the new face of boxing

Mexican star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez let it be known nearly two years ago that despite his youth, he was seeking to elbow Floyd Mayweather Jr. out of the big Cinco de Mayo boxing weekend in Las Vegas and make the big event his own.

On Tuesday, Alvarez arrived to officially open a fight week that will close with him defending his World Boxing Council middleweight title Saturday night against England's Amir Khan at the month-old, 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena. Alvarez, 25, is the world's best-known boxer under the age of 30 and he basked in his growing importance in the sport.

"This is that extra motivation to be fighting on such an important date," Alvarez...

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