The first leg of the press tour for May 6th’s much anticipated Mexican derby between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr started on Monday.

Thousands of fans flocked to Mexico City to catch a glimpse of the first face to face between both fighters with national pride at stake.

Speaking to the media, underdog Chavez revealed: "This is going to be a tough fight. Every fight is important, and this one especially because it is between two Mexicans fighting each other for the glory. The fight could not have come at a more perfect timing - both my and Canelo's names are known throughout the world as some of the best fighters.”

The fight, which has been years in the making, takes place at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on the coveted Cinco de Mayo weekend.

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Chavez racked up his landmark half a century professional victory last time out with a points victory over Dominik Britsch but believes his two defeats to Sergio Martinez back in September 2012 and more recently Andrzej Fonfara in April 2015 have helped bring his game along.

“My two losses against Martinez and Fonfara taught me more than all 50 of my wins. This fight has the potential to open many doors to my future that might have been closed before. I fight for pride - everyone says that Canelo is the best.”

The man tasked with coming up with the game plan to beat Canelo is Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Beristáin, who has recently linked up with ‘The Son of a Legend’ in the build up to May 6th.

"With Nacho Beristáin in my corner, I have a lot of knowledge on my side. It's symbolic because he has his name etched as one of the greats, and this is a tribute to him and this is a tribute to him and is a contribution to Mexican boxing. Canelo isn't Oscar De La Hoya's son. I've got a great corner. I am going to win this fight!" concluded the former WBC World Middleweight Champion.