Boxer Saul "Canelo" Alvarez had members of the Los Angeles Dodgers, including outfielder Yasiel Puig and infielder Adrian Gonzalez, arguing over who will win when Canelo fights Erislandy Lara this weekend in Las Vegas.
The athletes met up at the Dodgers clubhouse in San Diego when LA was playing the Padres. Canelo trains there and made a stop at the ballpark prior to traveling to Las Vegas tomorrow for Saturday's bout. Canelo (43-1-1, 31 KOs) met baseball fans as well as fight fans among the paying customers and the Dodgers.
It was Cubans vs. Mexicans as Puig and Gonzalez chose sides. Canelo Alvarez is a product of Mexico, as is Gonzalez and one of the greatest fighters to ever come out of that country, while opponent Lara ( 19-1-2, 12 KOs) is a native of Cuba, just like Yasiel Puig.
The fight is available this Saturday July 12 on Showtime PPV and cameras that are trailing the fighters for the network's All Access documentary program caught Canelo mixing it up with the baseball stars as well as hitting coach Mark McGwire and manager Don Mattingly.
Canelo is fighting Lara at 155 lbs., one above the division limit, making the bout a non-title event. Lara's belt won't be on the line but bragging rights will. The two are the best Jr. Middleweights in the business with Canelo standing as the former unified division champ and Lara holding the belt. It's out of the ordinary for a title holder and a former one not mixing it up for a belt, but it was Canelo's choice and he's the star of the show.
Lara, a former Cuban National champion has been hungry for a title defense but he jumped at the chance to meet up with the matinee idol Alvarez who rightly could have avoided the dangerous Lara. In fact, Canelo's promoter Oscar De La Hoya admitted Lara was not his choice to face his star boxer.
Some boxing analysts wonder if Alvarez is underestimating Lara, but you'll never hear that from the Mexican's camp. If you ask Lara he'll tell you that Canelo feared he couldn't make the weight limit and chose to fight anyway, without a title on the line.
Check out the All Access documentary on Wednesday night July 9 on Showtime starting at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT