The last best contender

Is Canelo Alvarez, the redheaded, hard-hitting pride of Mexico, for real?

Originally Published: September 3, 2013
By Pablo S. Torre | ESPN The Magazine

FORTY-THREE THOUSAND feet above the Florida Keys, in the privacy of a Gulfstream IV-SP bound for Mexico City, the legend begins to shadowbox. Oscar De La Hoya, you might recall, relinquished his gloves nearly half a decade ago. But on this June afternoon, the 10-time world champ and president of Golden Boy Promotions can't help but throw jabs from his tan leather seat, whipping soft breezes at his protege, a 22-year-old junior middleweight sitting peaceably across from him. He can't ...

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