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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Floyd, Alvarez: Monday in Times Square

By Michael Woods

Showtime has pulled out all the stops for the first event in its 11-city, two-country tour to hype the Sept. 14 showdown between pound-for-pound boss Floyd Mayweather and Mexico's Canelo Alvarez.

Mayweather and Alvarez will meet and greet fans on Monday at the Pedestrian Walk in Times Square, on Broadway between 46th and 47th streets. Fans are encouraged to arrive by 2 p.m.; a news conference is set to start at 3 p.m.

"An event this big deserves a big stage -- and there's no bigger public stage in NYC than Times Square," Showtime boxing boss Stephen Espinoza told NYFightblog.

"The symbolic hub of New York City is the perfect place to host the kick-off for the biggest boxing event of the year."

The Mayweather-Alvarez fight will take place in Las Vegas.

Here are the dates for the prefight tour:

Monday: New York
Tuesday: Washington
Wednesday, June 26: Grand Rapids, Mich., and Chicago
Thursday, June 27: Atlanta
Friday, June 28: Miami
Sunday, June 30: Mexico City
Monday, July 1: Houston and San Antonio
Tuesday, July 2: Phoenix and Los Angeles