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Chavez is coming off perhaps his best performance, stopping a tough Andy Lee in the seventh round June 16 to defend his title. Chavez trailed early in that fight but came on strong and dominated Lee physically before finally stopping him.

“He hadn’t had a lot of experience with southpaws and he fought that fight great,” trainer Freddie Roach said. “After that fight we knew it was time to step up. We knew Martinez was a southpaw. We know how to fight a southpaw now and his father and I have been coming up with a game plan.”

Part of that game plan was getting Chavez to the gym, something that proved difficult as documented in the HBO “24/7” prefight series. Roach was left waiting at the gym several times, but says Chavez eventually put in enough work to get him in shape for Martinez.

“I had to wait in the gym for him a few times, but for a world champion I will wait,” Roach said.

Chavez is guaranteed $3 million for the fight, while Martinez is getting $1.4 million plus a portion of the pay-per-view. The payout reflects the popularity of Chavez, though Martinez wanted the fight so badly he said he is not troubled by being paid less money than his relatively unproven opponent.

Chavez will get more money,” he said, “but he’s going to get more of a beating, too.”