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       STAR POWER: MAYWEATHER VS. ORTIZ IS A FAMILY AFFAIR
    LOS ANGELES (August 11)...The sport of boxing has a rich history of families achieving pugilistic success as a
    group, be it fathers and sons, brothers (and occasionally sisters), uncles and nephews, or all of the above. Bloodlines
    run deep and this theme plays out in "STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz", the September 17 mega-event
    which will be presented live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. The boxing extravaganza is loaded with these "fighting
    families," as five of the eight headlining boxers have made fighting a family affair in one way or another.

    The most prominent among them is the Mayweather ménage, with Floyd "Money" Mayweather front and center.
    Floyd's uncle, Roger, is his trainer, but Roger was also an excellent boxer in his day, winning titles at 130 and 140
    pounds in the '80s, facing the legendary likes of Julio Cesar Chavez, Pernell Whitaker and Kostya Tszyu. Floyd's
    father, Floyd Sr., was also in "Little Floyd's" corner for several years and was a solid welterweight contender in the
    '70s and '80s, notably facing Sugar Ray Leonard in 1978. Then there's Floyd's uncle Jeff, who was less accomplished
    than his two brothers but did face an up-and-coming Oscar de la Hoya in 1993 and has gone on to become a respected
    trainer himself.

    The co-feature brings Erik Morales into focus. Like Floyd Mayweather Jr., Morales is a sure-shot for the Hall of Fame
    when he retires. Also like Mayweather, he comes from a family that has produced four professional fighters. "El
    Terrible's" father, Jose, had a brief career as a flyweight in the '70s and Erik has two brothers who entered the squared
    circle as professionals: Diego, who briefly held a super flyweight belt, and little brother Ivan, a currently undefeated
    bantamweight prospect.

    Morales' opponent, Lucas Matthysse, also comes from a fighting family. The Argentine knockout artist's older
    brother, Walter, was a feared welterweight contender who was only taken the distance by one opponent in his 32 pro
    fights and fought twice on HBO, against Paul Williams in 2006 and Kermit Cintron in 2007.

    The featured fight on the STAPLES Center segment of the event also involves two men with familial pride at stake, in
    Canelo Alvarez and Alfonso Gomez. Canelo has six brothers, but only three currently are competing as professionals,
    though none are threatening Canelo's alpha-dog status in the family as Rigoberto, Ricardo and Ramon Alvarez are all
    older than Canelo and, unlike their younger brother, have tasted defeat. On June 28, 2008, when Canelo defeated
    Miguel Vazquez, all seven Alvarez brothers fought on the same fight card, calling the historic night "The Alvarez
    Seven." If that wasn't enough to convince you Canelo stands apart from his brothers, then the fact that the other
    Alvarezes all have dark hair should tell you there's something special indeed about the carrot-topped, freckled face
    junior middleweight world champion who will get tested on the upcoming show by the veteran Gomez. Gomez,
    meanwhile, has no boxing brothers, but when he returns to the corner between rounds, the voice he hears is that of his
    father, Alfonso Gomez Sr.

    Of course, it's the Mayweathers who take center stage anytime boxing families are discussed, both because they've
    accomplished so much as a group and because their personalities are impossible to ignore. Family legend has it that
    Floyd Jr. learned to box at the same age he learned to walk. The gym was his second home as far back as he can
    remember and even in his first home, he was notorious for punching any inanimate object in sight, whether it was
    meant to be treated like a speedbag or not.
    Floyd's professional success has thrust the Mayweathers into the forefront of any discussion about the greatest
    families in boxing history. With all due respect to the Hiltons, the Chavezes, the Peñalosas, the Byrds, and any others
    among the 27 families that have produced multiple world titleholders, the top of the list has to boil down to the
    Mayweather clan and the Spinks family. Brothers Michael and Leon Spinks were both heavyweight champion of the
    world and Leon's son Cory was world welterweight champ. Plus Cory's brother, Darrell, was a decent club-fighter in
    St. Louis in the '90s.

    So which is the greatest multi-generational fighting family of all-time? The Mayweather crew or the Spinks clan? It's
    hard to say until both legacies are complete, and the Mayweathers certainly have a chance to add to theirs when Floyd
    takes on Victor Ortiz on September 17.

    In fact, five fighting families have a chance to add to their reputations on that night and it's no accident that the
    combatants on this card each stand out as the finest fighters their respective families have produced.
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    "STAR POWER" is a mega-event taking place on Saturday, Sept. 17 from two world-class cities with three world
    titles at stake. Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz will face off in a 12-round fight for Ortiz's WBC Welterweight
    World Title from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Canelo Alvarez and Alfonso Gomez will do
    battle in a 12-round fight for Alvarez's WBC Super Welterweight World Title from STAPLES Center in Los
    Angeles, Calif. Also live in Las Vegas, will be Erik Morales vs. Lucas Matthysse in a 12 round fight for the vacant
    WBC Super Lightweight World Title and an opening fight featuring undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas against top
    contender Josesito Lopez. The mega event is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and
    sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWALT Tools and AT&T. Alvarez vs. Gomez is presented in association with
    Canelo Promotions and Morales vs. Matthysse is presented in association with Box Latino Promotions and Arano Box
    Promotions."STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz" will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®
    beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

    For more information, visit www.floydmayweather.com, www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.mgmgrand.com and
    www.staplescenter.com; follow on Twitter at @floydmayweather, @mayweatherpromo, @goldenboyboxing,
    @VICIOUSOrtiz, @terrible100 , @Jessie_Vargas, @JosesitoLopez, @mgmgrand; or become a fan on Facebook at
    www.facebook.com/FloydMayweather, www.facebook.com/Mayweatherpromotions,
    www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing. Follow HBO Boxing newsat www.hbo.com/boxing,Facebook at
    www.facebook.com/hboboxing and on Twitter @hboboxing. Follow STAPLES Center on Facebook at
    www.facebook.com/staplescenter and on Twitter @STAPLESCenterLA.

    The "STAR POWER" pay-per-view telecast, which begins at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, will be produced and
    distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 92 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast
    will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. HBO Pay-Per-View®, a division of Home Box
    Office, Inc., is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For Mayweather vs. Ortiz
    fight week updates, log on to www.hbo.com.

    HBO®'s Emmy® Award-winning all-access series "24/7" premieres an all-new edition when "24/7
    Mayweather/Ortiz" debuts Saturday, Aug. 27 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The four-part series will air for three consecutive
    Saturday nights before the finale airs the night before the welterweight championship showdown in Las Vegas.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Kelly Swanson/Lisa Milner, Swanson Communications/Mayweather Promotions: (202) 783-5500
    Ramiro Gonzalez/Monica Sears, Golden Boy Promotions: (213) 489-5631
    Bill Caplan, Golden Boy Promotions: (818) 831-0046 (O)/(818) 515-1616 (C)
    Patrick Byrne, HBO Pay-Per-View: (212) 512-1361
    Scott Ghertner, MGM Resorts International: (702) 650-7565
    Michael Roth, AEG: (213) 742-7155
    Cara Vanderhook, STAPLES Center: (213) 742-7273
    MGM Grand Media Credentials: www.magnamedia.com
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