Yesterday's opening press conference on the Mayweather-Canelo tour in Times Square was an extravagant affair visually, outside in the mecca of whatever, blah blah, New York is center of the universe, and Golden Boy deserves credit for making it look and feel like a big-time event.
But whether it was the fact that the fans were indoors or there weren't so many mildly interested spectators among the serious and often insane mix of diehard boxing supporters, the DC press conference today at the Howard Theater definitely got loud, definitely got a little rowdy, and absolutely pointed us in the direction of a hugely emotional, big-time night of boxing in September.
The way the fans go back-and-forth and try to drown one another out above is something we don't see terribly often anymore. So few fights are made where both sides have legitimate fan bases, let alone very large, very vocal fan bases, that no matter how great a fight might turn out, it's hard to lead up to it with this sort of fever. And that's the difference in this fight and most recent Floyd fights: The Canelo fans, I think, really think he's going to win, and it creates a totally different atmosphere.
Thanks to Luke Thomas of MMA Fighting for the video.