Mexicans Could Begin Paying For Trump’s Border Wall With This Big-Money Boxing Match
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez are both taking a strong stance against Trump’s plan to build a wall along the United States-Mexico border, but their big-money boxing match over the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend could help pay for it.
Alvarez and Chavez will face each other in the ring in the headlining match at a sold out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday. The two fighters will collect an estimated $25 million between the two of them, with Alvarez earning $18 million and Chavez getting the remaining $7 million.
Although the two Mexican fighters will avoid a state income tax by fighting in Nevada, their millions will still be subject to a nearly 40 percent federal income tax, and thus contribute to the money that goes into building the border wall.
The upcoming fight sold out in just nine days and is one of the most highly-anticipated boxing matches ever between two Mexican fighters. But it has become much more than a fight for these boxers.
In an official commercial for the event Alvarez and Chavez are depicted running through the desert in their native Mexico before breaking through a concrete border wall and coming face to face on the streets of the Las Vegas strip.
“The thing about this wall is to show the people that we need to be united,” Alvarez said through an interpreter. “United for every cause, supporting each other for every cause. That is the message,” he explained.
“(Running through) the wall is like the attitude it takes, it doesn’t matter what’s in front of you,” Chavez said, also through an interpreter. “You have to keep going forward. But especially right now, it represents the reality that we are living. The reality to the Mexican and Latin American people, to show them that there are no limits.”
“I think it’s great for us Mexicans,” Alvarez added. “It’s a great opportunity for all the people out there to show what we’re capable of doing and what we’re made of.”