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Mayweather, Alvarez kick off 11-city tour in NYC

Updated: June 24, 2013, 10:38 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Floyd Mayweather and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez stared each other down for nearly a minute and the cheers from the fans packed into Times Square grew louder by the second.

This is the matchup they've been waiting to see: Four belts, two undefeated fan favorites -- and a title fight simply billed as "The One."

"Canelo, I appreciate you for taking the fight," Mayweather said on a steamy Monday in the heart of Manhattan in front of a few thousand fans standing behind metal barriers ...

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