Legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chavez greeted actor Mark Wahlberg in Las Vegas over the weekend and asked him to produce his biopic. The Mexican fighter used celebrity Mario Lopez as the interpreter throughout the epic conversation.
Wahlberg, 51, and Chavez, 60, met after the Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia fight at T-Mobile Arena in front of a huge crowd and several cameras.
They hugged multiple times and exchanged pleasantries. The back-and-forth ended with Chavez saying he wants Wahlberg to portray him in his biopic.
Wahlberg asked if he would be able to produce the film, to which Chavez happily agreed. The actor said it would be an honor.
Chavez had an incredible boxing career that often took a backseat to his partying ways, so a biopic featuring Wahlberg would be interesting.
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The movie would likely be in English due to Wahlberg’s obvious lack of native Spanish, but a Hollywood audience is likely what Chavez seeks.
Chavez is considered the greatest Mexican boxer of all time with a professional record of 107-6-2.
He retired in 2001 at the age of 39 after more than 25 years of fighting professionally. His son, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., has failed to shine in his boxing career due to the same partying issues that haunted his father.
Chavez already has a drama show about his life, starring Mexican actor Armando Hernandez, so Hollywood is the next step.
Julio Cesar Chavez was rooting for Ryan Garcia
The boxing analyst was in Garcia’s locker room prior to the fight and shared some words of encouragement with the fighter.
Garcia, 24, expressed his gratitude towards the legend and pulled out some of his broken Spanish to tell Chavez he loves him.
“Stay positive, try not to despair, be a little more aggressive, and down, down, distance, distance,” Chavez told the Mexican-American boxer.
Garcia lost to Davis in the seventh round due to a knockout blow to the liver and it was later revealed that he was already fighting with a body injury.