Alamo fight promotion spurs controversy

Media tour featuring boxers Floyd Mayweather, Canelo Alvarez stops by Alamo Monday

SAN ANTONIO - A big event is coming to the Alamo City Monday night and it's stirring up some controversy.

Boxers Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez will be holding a media conference right in front of the Alamo about their upcoming mega-fight in Las Vegas.

San Antonio boxing legend Jesse James Leija told KSAT's Instant Replay that the stop in front of the Alamo is their way of saying "thank you" to San Antonio.

"It means a lot because it's telling San Antonio (boxing) fans that you guys have done well and we want to share this experience with you guys as well," Leija said. "We're expecting a great crowd in front of the Alamo. But this is kind of a gift to San Antonio for supporting the sport of boxing."

The mega-fight -- coming up on Sept. 14 in Las Vegas -- has already generated $19 million in ticket sales alone and is being billed as one of the biggest fights in history.

The media tour, billed as "The One," starts at 6 p.m. on Monday at the Alamo and is open to the public.

But not everyone is happy about it.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says events like this desecrate the historic Texas shrine.

State lawmakers are looking at creating a special historic district to protect Alamo Plaza.

Stay tuned to KSAT 12 throughout the day for more on this controversial media stop and reactions from Patterson and other local politicians and the event's promoter.

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