On Sept. 14, Floyd “Money” Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) faces Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The latest installment of Showtime’s All Access documents every stirring moment in advance of the most anticipated pay-per-view fight since Mayweather snatched the WBC light middleweight title from the President of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya, in 2007.
In the clip above, De La Hoya admits to an interminable bitterness towards Mayweather, even six years after their fight.
“There’s still this little thorn in me… that I still haven’t taken out,” says De La Hoya when referring to the animosity he and Mayweather share.
Mayweather, never shy to employ his brand of mind games—during the promotional tour—mocks De La Hoya’s notion of Alvarez being “boxing’s biggest star” and goes as far as suggesting that he might as well be called the “Golden Boy” on account of his success against fighters on the Golden Boy roster, defeating five of them since 2007.
As of late, Mayweather’s victories have come on the back of his aura of invincibility. He defeats many opponents before the opening bell even sounds.
This last May, he even managed to draw the usually humble Robert Guerrero into exchange after exchange of trash-talking banter. Whether or not Mayweather’s opposition wholeheartedly believes they’ve won these verbal conflicts with him, does not matter.
Their participation in the first place, positions them right where Mayweather wants them and gives him the upper hand.
So far, De La Hoya hasn't backed down from this provocation and is doing enough talking for him and Alvarez.
“But one thing Mayweather has to understand is that my fighter’s going to kick your ass,” says an unflinching De La Hoya.
To that end, no matter the residual animosity between the two, it won’t be the six-division world champion De La Hoya stepping into the ring with Mayweather. It’s going to be the Mexican phenom they call “El Canelo.”
So where is Alvarez through all of this? Behind all of the verbal jabs, El Canelo waits—quietly, but self-assured.
“I’m not intimidated by anyone,” Alvarez tells a rabid crowd in San Antonio, Texas, ready to give Mayweather the biggest test of his career.
Alvarez has been pegged as the future of the sport, Mayweather says he is the sport and All Access: Mayweather-Canelo gives the fans an intimate look inside the lives of both combatants.
All Access debuts tonight at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT on Showtime.