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Phoenix press event for Mayweather-Canelo cancelled after firefighter tragedy

In the wake of the devastating Arizona wildfire that killed 19 elite firefighters, the Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez boxing press conference scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, July 2, at The Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix has been cancelled.

The press conference, which was to be open to the public, was cancelled out of respect for the firefighters who lost their lives as they battled wildfires Sunday in areas northwest of Phoenix.

A donation will be made on behalf of the promotion to The 100 Club’s Survivor Fund in memory of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a specialist team of wildfire firefighters based in Prescott, Ariz., whose members died during the tragic blaze.  The 100 Club’s Survivor Fund’s mission is “to provide immediate financial assistance to families of public safety officers and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.”

Tuesday’s press conference was to have featured Mayweather and Alvarez who are in the closing stages of a 10-city press tour to discuss their Sept. 14 fight. Be sure to check out our collection of Mayweather vs. Canelo press conference coverage including photos, videos and quotes.

Seems like a smart move by the promoters and the fighters to avoid having a celebratory public gathering in the area at this particular time, especially one prone to the types of rhetoric that boxers tend to use, and which lose their meaning in light of other real world events.