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Boxing 'not on life support' as celebrities attend fight

Olympic gold medallist and European heavyweight boxing champion Audley Harrison has tweeted that celebrities have flocked to watch America's Floyd Mayweather take on Mexico's Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas.


This fight is going to be one hell of a fight. ...looking at the celebs in attendance, you can safely say boxing is NOT on life support

Mayweather 'thanks God' ahead of boxing bout

American boxer Floyd Mayweather has taken to Twitter ahead of what could be the biggest grossing fight yet, as he takes on Mexico's Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas.


Without GOD -- none of this is possible. Thank you for your love and support.

Read: Tale of the tape: Floyd Mayweather

Read: A young pretender looks to upstage the richest fight ever


Twitter sent into frenzy as 'richest' boxing bout to begin

Former undisputed heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis, US TV personality Larry King and singer Samantha Mumba are among a host of celebrities taking to social media to catch what could be the biggest grossing fight yet, between boxer Floyd Mayweather and Mexico's Saul Alvarez.


Mayweather doesn't overlook opponents.. I'm sure he's relaxed and ready to go when the time comes. #TheOne


I love upsets in sports but I know & like @floydmayweather a great deal so my heart is with #Mayweather tonight - good luck champ! #TheOne


Mayweather/Canelo fight party...leeggggggggoooo!!!Somebodies 0 has got to GO!;)

Elon Musk flies to Mayweather fight with Justin Bieber

American business magnate Elon Musk has flown to see boxer Floyd Mayweather take on Mexico's Saul Alvarez, on a private jet with Justin Bieber, according to his Twitter.

Venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar also joined Musk and his ex-wife Talulah Riley and his brother Kimbal.

Business magnate Elon Musk flies to Mayweather-Canel fight with Justin Bieber. Credit: Twitter/Elon Musk

Bunce: 'People have fallen in love' with Mayweather

Boxing journalist Steve Bunce has told ITV News that "people have fallen in love" with Floyd Mayweather and he believes that the American will be backed to the hilt when he takes on Mexico's Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The WBA light middleweight title fight is being billed as the richest in history.

Read all the build up to the fight: Young pretender looks to upstage richest fight ever

Tale of the tape: Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez

Alvarez has quickly emerged as arguably Mexico's biggest boxing star.

Despite his powerful body attack and reputation for being a solid, hard-hitter, he is the 11/5 underdog against Mayweather.

WBC super welterweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez of Mexico. Credit: Reuters/Richard Brian

Tale of the Tape:

Age: 23, born July 18, 1990.

Birthplace: Jalisco, Mexico, where he still lives.

Record: 42-0-1 (30 KO).

Stance: Orthodox.

Height: 5ft 9ins.

Weight: (not official weigh-in) 152.

Reach: 70.5ins

Read: Boxing set for big fight


Tale of the tape: Floyd Mayweather

Mayweather re-established his position at the top of the game last May with a unanimous decision win over Robert Guerrero. He has been world champion at 130, 135, 140, 147 and 154 pounds, and is 5/14 favourite to win against Alvarez.

Floyd Mayweather Jnr during a workout. Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire.

Tale of the tape:

Age: 36, born February 24, 1977.

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Now lives Las Vegas, Nevada.

Record: 44-0 (26 KO).

Stance: Orthodox.

Height: 5ft 8ins.

Weight: (not official weigh-in): 152 pounds.

Reach: 72 ins.

Read: Boxing set for big fight

Titanic clash as Alvarez bids to topple Mayweather

Saturday's bout and its billing as the richest fight in history will see Floyd Mayweather attempt to unify his WBA light middleweight title against WBC 154-pound champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Undefeated boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the US and Canelo Alvarez of Mexico. Credit: Reuters/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus

Pound for pound number one at 36, Mayweather is back in the ring for the second time in five months.

Canelo turned pro at 15 and wins with a hard-hitting style and a powerful body attack.

Alvarez signed with Golden Boy Promotions in 2010, and his impressive unbeaten record of 42, no losses and one draw rivals that of Mayweather on 44 wins, no losses and 26 Knock Outs.

Read: Boxing set for big fight

Rocky V boxer Tommy 'Gunn' Morrison dies at 44

Tommy Morrison pictured during a weigh-in before a fight in 1996. Credit: Reuters

Former heavyweight boxer Tommy Morrison died at the age of 44 on Sunday night, his manager told the Associated Press.

He was perhaps most famous for his role as Tommy Gunn in the film Rocky V but also enjoyed sporting success, beating George Foreman to win the WBO heavyweight title in 1993.

Morrison's family has not disclosed the cause of his death.

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