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
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
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.
"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.
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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.
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