Face Off: Canelo/Chavez Jr.

The Mexican mega-fight between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has been described in many ways, but at its heart it is a fight between two proud fighters with something to prove.

Canelo, the biggest North American pay-per-view draw since Mayweather, wants to prove that he’s not only the sport’s biggest name but its best. Amidst criticism for the opponents he has faced, with much of the blame placed on his shoulders for a fight with Gennady Golovkin never materializing, Canelo needs to be emphatic in a victory over Chavez to silence some of the doubters.

And Chavez, the son of Mexico’s most beloved and best fighter, has had an even more intriguing road to this fight. He’s long been hidden in his father’s shadow, his own career not living up to an impossibly high bar. He’s had issues with discipline, coming in overweight or without proper training for some of the most glaring blemishes on his record. Now, all signs point to a Chavez Jr. that is reinvigorated and in the best shape of his life.

Ahead of a fight that will be one of the most important for each man’s careers, Canelo and Chavez sat down with HBO’s Max Kellerman for the latest installment of Face Off:

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