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Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez

Will Floyd Mayweather’s perfect record remain intact against Canelo Alvarez? (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS — boxing insiders Chris Mannix and Rich O’Brien make their predictions for Danny Garcia-Lucas Matthysse and Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez


Chris Mannix: Part of me — a big part — wants to pick Garcia. He has been consistently underestimated, expected to lose to Kendall Holt, Erik Morales and Amir Khan, and won each time. And I do think we are getting a little too swept up in Matthysse’s run of knockouts, as most have come against light competition. But for me, it boils down to this: Matthysse is the real thing and I’m still not sure Garcia is. Matthysse has a granite chin and he is facing an opponent in Garcia who won’t be hard to find. It will be a slobberknocker (That’s for you, Jim Ross), one I don’t see Garcia winning. Take Matthysse by sixth round knockout.

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  • Published On Sep 14, 2013
  • Oscar De La Hoya says he is going into rehab, will miss Mayweather-Alvarez

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    De La Hoya and his promotion company helped set up the Alvarez-Mayweather fight. (Alexis Cuarezma/Getty Images)

    De La Hoya and his promotion company helped set up the Alvarez-Mayweather fight. Alexis (Cuarezma/Getty Images)

    LAS VEGAS — Former six-division champion Oscar De La Hoya has voluntarily checked himself into an undisclosed treatment facility and will not attend Saturday’s showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. The 40-year-old De La Hoya, the president and founder of Golden Boy Promotions, one of the most powerful promotional companies in boxing and the co-promoter of Mayweather-Alvarez, confirmed the news in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.

    De La Hoya–who has admitted to battling alcohol and cocaine addictions in the past–did not indicate what he was seeking treatment for. In 2011, De La Hoya checked himself into a rehab facility for undisclosed reasons.

    “Canelo Alvarez and I have big fights coming up this weekend. His is in the ring and mine in treatment,” De La Hoya said. “I will not be at the fight to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself to a treatment facility. I explained this to Canelo, and he understood that my health and long-term recovery from my disease must come first. Thank you for your understanding. I ask for your support during this difficult time and for me and my family.”

    Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said that in the past week De La Hoya had opened up to him about his ongoing problems. Schaefer admitted, however, that he was surprised by the timing of the decision.

    “He really sounded very bad,” Schaefer said. “It wasn’t one of the things when you can wait until next week. I was surprised. But at the same time I was very supportive. I didn’t try to convince him that he had to be here. It wouldn’t have been the advice of a friend. I was hoping it wouldn’t happen but it did happen. I’m very proud of him. It’s not perfect timing, but what is? They say the show must go on. Oscar has a fight where he is and we have a big fight here.”

    Both Alvarez and Mayweather expressed support for De La Hoya.

    “I support him in his life battle,” Alvarez said. “I am sure he is going to win his battle, and I am going to win mine.”

    Said Mayweather, “I wish him nothing but the best. Hopefully he can pull through, like a true champion.”

    Schaefer said he didn’t know how long De La Hoya would be in rehab. In interviews, De La Hoya has previously admitted that his addictions led him to consider suicide.

    “Within a couple of years, just thinking, ‘Is my life even worth it?,’” De La Hoya said in a 2011 interview with Univision. “I don’t have the strength, I don’t have the courage to take my own life. But I was thinking about it.

    “There were drugs. My drug of choice was cocaine and alcohol. Cocaine was recent, the last two years, last two-and-a-half years, and I depended more on the alcohol than the cocaine. It took me to a place where I felt safe. It took me to a place where I felt like … nobody can say anything to me. It took me to a place where I can reach out and just grab my Mom.”

    – Chris Mannix

  • Published On Sep 10, 2013
  • Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse to fight on Mayweather-Alvarez undercard

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    Lucas Matthysse celebrates after his TKO victory over Lamont Peterson in May. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

    Lucas Matthysse celebrates after his TKO victory over Lamont Peterson in May. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

    Unified junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia will defend his titles against Argentinean knockout artist Lucas Matthysse on September 14th on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather-Saul Alvarez pay per view, Golden Boy Promotions announced on Thursday. The addition of Garcia-Matthysse creates one of the most anticipated cards in pay-per-view history.

    The hype for Garcia-Matthysse has been building since May, when Matthysse — with Garcia in attendance — stopped titleholder Lamont Peterson in the third round in Atlantic City. It was the sixth straight knockout win for Matthysse (34-2), who hasn’t lost since a 2011 defeat to Devon Alexander. The win setup the showdown with Garcia (26-0), arguably the top fighter at 140-pounds.

    “I’m glad I finally get a chance to fight Danny Garcia,” Matthysse said. “This is the fight that the entire boxing world — especially my country Argentina — and I wanted. I want to thank my promoters Golden Boy Promotions and Mario Arano for making this fight possible. On September 14th, I will show the world that I am the best 140 pound fighter on the planet.”

    Garcia has quickly emerged as one of the biggest stars in boxing. After decisioning Erik Morales to win a vacant title in 2012, Garcia followed it up with a spectacular knockout of Amir Khan four months later. He knocked out Morales in a rematch last November and in April outpointed former titleholder Zab Judah.

    According to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, Garcia pushed hard for a Matthysse matchup.

    “This is the fight I wanted and the fight that I asked for,” Garcia said. “That is why I’m so happy this fight has been made and will be a part of this huge event. I’m more confident than ever in my abilities and I’m going to show it on September 14th. Matthysse is a good fighter and has a big punch, but I’m a talented fighter with what it takes to be a champion and stay that way. This is an opportunity for the world to see what I can really do in the ring.”

    Mayweather-Alvarez was already expected to produce one of the biggest pay-per-view revenues in history, with the popular Mayweather getting a boost from a young star in Alvarez, who has a huge fan base in Mexico and the southwestern U.S. By adding Garcia-Matthysse — which on its own would do a huge rating on Showtime — to the card, the show could come close or surpass 2 million pay-per-view buys.

    The fight could also be a showcase, with the winner in line for shot at Mayweather — should he get past Alvarez — sometime next year.

    – Chris Mannix

  • Published On Jul 18, 2013
  • Quick Jabs: Gary Russell needs tougher fights, Tony Thompson still has it, more

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    Tony Thompson (left) recorded a TKO victory over David Price on July 6 in Liverpool. (Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

    Tony Thompson (left) recorded a TKO victory over David Price on July 6 in Liverpool. (Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

    Some quick jabs…

    • Raise your hand if you are surprised that featherweight prospect Gary Russell turned down a fight with Daniel Ponce de Leon. No one? I thought so. Ponce de Leon, according to Steve Kim at, was ready and willing to take the fight, only to be told that Russell (22-0), who has not fought since March because of a hand injury, preferred to take an easier fight. That’s not particularly surprising because Russell’s entire career has been easy fights. I’m as big a fan of Russell’s talent as anyone, but until he faces an opponent who actually wants to fight back, he doesn’t belong on premium television.

    • Neither, of course, does Deontay Wilder, who continues his run through bums when he faces Siarhei Liakhovich, last seen getting flattened by Bryant Jennings 18 months ago and knocked out by Robert Helenius the year before that, in August. Showtime will broadcast it. Pathetic.

    • The late Emanuel Steward would have been 69 this week. If you missed it, here is the tribute I shot of him for Epix.

    Last year, Tony Thompson thought his career was over. It was in Switzerland, and Thompson had just suffered a sixth round knockout defeat to Wladimir Klitschko, his second straight loss to the unified champion. I was part of the broadcast team for Epix that night, and I remember what Thompson told me clearly: I still think I can beat anyone but Wladimir, he said, but if I can’t beat him, is it worth continuing? Apparently, it is. Thompson’s knockout win over David Price on Saturday was his second straight knockout of Price, a prized prospect seen by some as the heir apparent to Wladimir Klitschko. It made me remember: Since 2000, Thompson has lost two fights, both to the man considered the best heavyweight of this generation.

    At 41, Thompson clearly still has some fight left in him. He’s awkward, crafty and has a good chin. He wants a title shot with Vitali Klitschko, but that’s not going to happen. However Thompson has earned another big fight — and another big payday — and I could see some kind of premium network televised fight against a young prospect like Bryant Jennings or Deontay Wilder at some point later this year.

    • I think promoter Frank Warren made a big mistake matching heavyweight Dereck Chisora with Malik Scott on July 20. Chisora is trying to rebuild his career after back to back losses to Vitali Klitschko and David Haye, and Scott is a nightmare. He is the worst kind of combination, incredibly dull and incredibly skilled, the kind of fighter who impresses judges while putting an audience to sleep. Scott was robbed of a win against Czar Glazkov in February, and is very likely to box circles around Chisora later this month.

    • Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer refuted reports of a deal being struck for a fight between Lucas Matthysse and Danny Garcia, telling me via email that neither a deal nor a date had been agreed on. I continue to hear from industry sources that there is a strong possibility the fight could land on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez on September 14. If so, that will rank as one of the best cards in history.

    • One reason Matthysse-Garcia could move off the originally planned September 7th date: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is scheduled to return on that date. Though judging by recent photos of Chavez it’s fair to wonder exactly what weight class he plans to fight in.

    – Chris Mannix

  • Published On Jul 11, 2013
  • Showtime rejects worrying rumors, calls Mayweather vs. Guerrero a ‘major win’

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    Floyd Mayweather (left) defeated Robert Guerrero via unanimous decision on Showtime PPV. (Robert Beck/SI)

    Floyd Mayweather (left) defeated Robert Guerrero via unanimous decision on Showtime PPV. (Robert Beck/SI)

    NEW YORK — The Showtime boxing pay-per-view show headlined by Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert Guerrero last Saturday will surpass 1 million buys, Showtime Executive Vice President of Sports and Event Programming Stephen Espinoza told Espinoza declined to give an exact figure but said “we’re very comfortable saying that the pay-per-view buys for Mayweather-Guerrero will definitely exceed 1 million.”

    Twitter was abuzz this week with rumors that early Mayweather-Guerrero numbers indicated the show would finish under a million. Considering the investment Showtime made in Mayweather — signing him to a six-fight deal that could be worth in excess of $200 million — such a number would be disastrous. Espinoza declined to say how many buys over a million the event did, but declared it “a major win.”

    “What this does is [it] reconfirms Floyd’s status as the top pay-per-view draw in boxing,” Espinoza said. “Really in all of sports. To do this kind of number without the benefit of a well-known opponent speaks very strongly for his continued drawing power. We look at Robert, and he was very game, he has proven he was among the top of the division. But he is not well known to the general public. His awareness as far as the pay per view goes is still low. To do this number without a well-known opponent established is great.”

    One rumor circulating was that Showtime, because of the $32 million Mayweather was guaranteed, needed a big number just to break even, reportedly between 1.1 and 1.3 million. Espinoza called the reports “absolutely untrue.”

    “It’s inaccurate,” Espinoza said. “We have talked about it before internally and we agreed that we are not going to go into details of the deal. I can say generally though that there are a lot of mischaracterizations going around. Rumors of financial demise are greatly exaggerated.”

    Still, the success of Mayweather-Guerrero may not be a sign of things to come. It’s likely a large number of people bought the pay-per-view to see if Mayweather, at 36 and coming off a one-year layoff that included a two month stint in prison, had lost a step. Mayweather is among the most polarizing athletes in sports, with as many pay-per-view buyers watching to see him lose as there are to see him win. The ease with which Mayweather defeated Guerrero could turn many of those buyers away in the future.

    “It is a challenge,” Espinoza admitted. “There is a challenge here when you have someone as skilled as Floyd is, someone who is able to neutralize an opponent as much as he often does, it can become monotonous. There has always been a significant portion of the audience that wants to see him lose. More people will appreciate his skill level when he retires. I wish there was more appreciation for his skill level now while we have him.”

    Of course, the buy rate for Mayweather-Guerrero would be boosted by more cooperative fighters. There was no press conference to announce the fight, a shock when you consider that virtually all fights on that level would include a multi-city press tour. Guerrero was largely useless, effectively shutting down after being arrested for gun possession in March. Mayweather, uninterested in delving too deep into his time in jail and problems with the law, repeatedly declined extended interviews before the fight. And viewership for Showtime’s All-Access show struggled compared to HBO’s 24/7 series (box), which has the benefit of a larger subscriber base (29 million to 22 million for Showtime).

    HBO vs. Showtime

    April 2012 April 2013
    #1 473,000 viewers #1 105,000 viewers
    #2 493,000 viewers #2 64,000 viewers
    #3 505,000 viewers #3 93,000 viewers
    #4 310,000 viewers #4 58,000 viewers

    “The argument made was because there was a large guarantee, Floyd wasn’t as motivated [to promote the fight] and that assumed something that wasn’t established,” Espinoza said. “That was attributing motives to Floyd that may or may not be there. I think Floyd put forth a tremendous effort, particularly in social media and other non-traditional stuff that we did. He flew across country to do a couple of days of publicity at the Final Four. Some writers out there were upset at not getting the access that they desired. Floyd took this camp very seriously. His priority was being in camp. Some of the media access might have been sacrificed.”

    Of course, one way to guarantee financial success in the future is the opponent. Junior middleweight titleholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is considered one of the biggest stars in boxing after Mayweather, and certainly one of its most popular. His last fight, against Austin Trout in San Antonio, drew 40,000 fans. Mayweather has yet to say who he will face in September but it’s clear Canelo would generate the most revenue.

    “We are actively involved in those discussions,” Espinoza said. “It’s my understanding that everybody involved from Mayweather, to Canelo, to Golden Boy, to Showtime, wants that fight to happen. It’s still a deal that has to get done. The talks are underway and the most positive thing I can say about the prospects of that happening is that everybody wants that fight. It’s not about convincing one side to take the fight. We are past that point. I am cautiously optimistic that it will happen.”

    – Chris Mannix

  • Published On May 10, 2013
  • Three thoughts on Floyd Mayweather beating Robert Guerrero

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    It was an easy 12-round win for Floyd Mayweather over Robert Guerrero in Las Vegas. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

    It was an easy 12-round win for Floyd Mayweather over Robert Guerrero in Las Vegas. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

    LAS VEGAS — Three thoughts on Floyd Mayweather’s easy win over Robert Guerrero:

    A blowout I thought, a blowout I got: Guerrero talked tough before the fight, promising to rough up Mayweather, promising to do to him what no fighter had before. But how many times have we heard that before? When Guerrero did get in the ring, he found himself up against a quicker, stronger, more elusive fighter. The first two rounds were close, but after that it was repetitive. Mayweather pot-shotted Guerrero with right hands, so many in fact that he said he broke it in the middle rounds. Guerrero chased Mayweather around the ring throughout the fight, trying to pin him against the ropes, trying to do to Mayweather what he did to Andre Berto last year.

    GALLERY: Action shots of Mayweather-Guerrero

    But Mayweather (surprise!) is not Berto. For the most part, Mayweather kept the fight in the middle of the ring, going to the ropes, it seemed, only when he wanted to. When Guerrero did get inside, Mayweather parried most of his punches and kept a stiff guard up to prevent anything significant from getting through. According to CompuBox, Mayweather connected on 41 percent of his punches (to Guerrero’s 19 percent), 19 percent of his jabs (compared to 11 percent for Guerrero) and a whopping 60 percent of his power shots (28 percent for Guerrero). It was a boxing clinic by a fighter taking on an opponent nowhere near his level.

    No rust: Mayweather isn’t the same springboarding defensive fighter he once was, the end result of age costing him some of his mobility. But coming off a one-year layoff and a two-month prison sentence, he was more elusive than he was in his last fight, against Miguel Cotto. Time after time Guerrero went for a big hook and came up with air. Time after time Guerrero tried to crowd Mayweather, only to have him disappear right in front of him. Going into the fight, I thought the only way Guerrero could win would be if Mayweather aged in the ring. Put simply, he didn’t.

    Where now, Floyd? There is going to be a groundswell of support for Mayweather — who confirmed before the fight he would be back in September and that he intended to fight five more times — to face Canelo Alvarez in the fall, and Alvarez, who has replaced a defanged Manny Pacquiao as Mayweather’s preferred opponent, is a solid choice. But is there any real reason to believe that an inexperienced Alvarez will be able to locate Mayweather any better than Guerrero? Mayweather’s potential pool of opponents — Alvarez, Danny Garcia, Amir Khan — just aren’t on Mayweather’s level. It’s Floyd’s world, as long as he can keep his skills on top of it.

    – Chris Mannix

  • Published On May 05, 2013
  • Official Floyd Mayweather-Robert Guerrero scorecard

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    Here it is. Sports Illustrated writers Chris Mannix (119-109) and Bryan Armen Graham (118-110) both scored the fight in favor of Floyd Mayweather.

    Ringside judges Julie Lederman, Jerry Roth and Duane Ford each scored it 117-111 in favor of Mayweather, who retains his WBC welterweight title.


    Mayweather landed 195 of 476 punches (41 percent) — including an otherworldly 60 percent of his power shots — compared to 113 of 581 (19 percent) for Guerrero.

  • Published On May 05, 2013
  • Floyd Mayweather-Robert Guerrero undercard results

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    Gabriel Rosado (right) suffered a questionable split-decision loss to J'Leon Love on the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

    Gabriel Rosado (right) suffered a questionable split-decision loss to J’Leon Love on the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

    LAS VEGAS — Abner Mares scored a ninth-round TKO of Daniel Ponce de Leon to win the WBC featherweight title in the final undercard bout ahead of Saturday’s main event between Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

    Mares, who had floored Ponce de Leon in the second round, scored another knockdown with an overhand right in the ninth. Ponce de Leon made it to his feet, but Mares closed in, raining blows on the champion until referee Jay Nagy intervened with 40 seconds left in the round.

    “When I dropped him both times, it was hard,” said Mares, who was moving up from super bantamweight, where he holds the WBC title. “I wasn’t just fighting some opponent, he’s my friend. Especially the second time, I hoped he stayed down.”

    Ponce de Leon, who insisted the stoppage was premature, said at least three times he wanted a rematch.

    “I don’t want to discredit Mares, but I was winning the fight,” Ponce de Leon said. “The ref stopped the fight so quickly.”

    Leo Santa Cruz (24-0-1, 14 KOs) finished off Venezuela’s Alexander Munoz (36-5, 28 KOs) with a crushing TKO after five one-sided rounds.

    Santa Cruz, a former bantamweight titleholder moving up to junior featherweight, floored Munoz in the third and fifth before one of his corner men entered the ring and referee Vic Drakulich waved it off at the 1:05 mark.

    “I wanted to give a good show for the fans and that’s what I did,” said Santa Cruz, who landed 57 body shots and had a 135-26 edge in landed punches over the last three rounds. “I felt strong and confident tonight.”

    J’Leon Love (16-0, 8 KOs) stayed undefeated thanks to a highly dubious split decision over gritty North Philadelphia middleweight Gabriel Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs) in the first televised pay-per-view bout.

    Boos rained from the half-full crowd after the scores from ringside judges Glenn Trowbridge (95-94 to Rosado), Herb Santos (97-92 to Love, inexplicably) and Dave Moretti (95-94 to Love) were announced.

    “I just fought a guy that has world championship experience and I thought I put up a good fight,” Love said. “We can do it again if he wants so we all know who’s the clear winner.”

    The action was mostly even during the early rounds, but Rosado took control when he dumped Love to the canvas for the first time in the Las Vegas native’s career with a straight right hand near the end of the sixth. Love recovered nicely in the seventh and even got the better of a series of toe-to-toe exchanges in the eighth, but Rosado opened up in the ninth and landed the hardest shots of the fight, drawing oohs and aahs from the audience.

    Love landed 191 of 487 punches (39 percent) compared to 165 of 555 for Rosado (30 percent), yet the Philadelphian was clearly landing the more meaningful blows.

    “My performance spoke volumes tonight,” said Rosado, who was coming off a hard-fought loss in January to Gennady Golovkin in a world title fight. “I don’t think I need to prove myself against him again but I’ll fight him if I have to.”

    In the final prelim before the pay-per-view telecast, super middleweight prospect Ronald Gavril (4-0, 1 KO) stayed unbeaten with a third-round TKO of Roberto Yong (5-7-2, 4 KOs). Garvil had Yong on the ropes throughout most of the fight, which was scheduled for four rounds, before three straight head shots prompted referee Russell Mora to intervene at 2:12 of the third.

    The victory made it 4-for-4 for Mayweather Promotions fighters in the non-pay-per-view prelims.

    Luis “Cuba” Arias (5-0, 3 KOs) outpointed DonYil Livingston (8-3-1, 4 KOs) in a six-round super middleweight bout. The Phoenix, Ariz., native overcame a strong finish by Livingston to pull out a majority decision by scores of 57-57, 58-56 and 58-55.

    Badou Jack (14-0, 10 KOs), a rising light heavyweight prospect from Las Vegas, scored a third-round TKO of Michael Gbenga (13-8, 3 KOs), of Silver Spring, Md., by way of Accra, Ghana. Jack sent Gbenga to the canvas with a right hook to the body late in the third round. Gbenga made it to his feet but protested to referee Russell Mora that the punch was low. When the fighter refused to continue, Mora waved it off at the 2:26 mark.

    In the night’s first bout, Las Vegas native Lanell Bellows (4-0-1, 4 KOs) scored a fourth-round TKO of Matthew Garretson (2-1, 1 KO) of Charleston, W. Va., in a four-round super middleweight fight. Bellows punished Garretson with body shots in the first two rounds before rocking him with a right uppercut near the end of the third. Referee Kenny Bayless put a stop to it just 32 seconds into the final round.

    – Bryan Armen Graham

  • Published On May 04, 2013
  • Floyd Mayweather, Robert Guerrero make weight ahead of title fight

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    Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and Robert Guerrero each made weight for their upcoming bout. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

    Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and Robert Guerrero each made weight for their upcoming bout. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

    LAS VEGAS — Only Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and Robert Guerrero can be in the ring Saturday to decide their fight for the WBC welterweight title.

    But Friday afternoon’s weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena was very much a family affair.

    Just minutes after it was announced Mayweather will earn a minimum of $32 million for Saturday’s bout — a guaranteed figure expected to swell to more than $50 million after the pay-per-view receipts are counted — Mayweather tipped the scales at 146 pounds. Guerrero, who will make a career-high $3 million, came in at the division limit of 147.

    A capacity crowd of roughly 4,000 fans — with hundreds more denied admission waiting outside — was heavily in favor of Guerrero, who was a 5-to-1 underdog at the MGM Grand sports book on Friday.

    After the fighters stepped off the scale and came together for the ceremonial staredown, tensions boiled over between Floyd Mayweather, Sr., and Ruben Guerrero, the fathers of both men who double as their trainers. The elder Guerrero had called Mayweather, Jr., a “woman beater” eight times during a screaming tirade at Wednesday’s final press conference, a reference to the champion’s two-month jail stint last year on a domestic violence charge.

    Mayweather, Sr., pointed at the elder Guerrero and made a throat-slash gesture during the faceoff, while Guerrero motioned to his jaw and dared Mayweather to take a swing. After the fighters split, Ruben Guerrero took a Mexican flag and waved it toward the crowd, while the challenger jawed animatedly with two members of Mayweather’s entourage.

    “I feel like the trainers should act their age and let the fighters do the fighting,” Mayweather, Jr., said afterward. “Of course, I come from a boxing family. It’s in my blood. It’s embedded in me. I’m going to go out there and do what I do best, and that’s be victorious.”

    Said Guerrero, who did not back down from the gum-chomping Mayweather during the 45-second staredown before he was pulled away: “Nobody is intimidating me.”

    This is Mayweather’s first fight at 147 pounds since a fourth-round knockout of Victor Ortiz on Sept. 17, 2011. He won a unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto at 154 pounds on May 5, 2012.

    Daniel Ponce de Leon came in at 126 ahead of his WBC featherweight title defense against Abner Mares, who also weighed 126.

    Leo Santa Cruz (122) and Alexander Munoz (121) both made weight for their junior featherweight fight.

    – Bryan Armen Graham

  • Published On May 03, 2013
  • Experts’ predictions for Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero

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    The undefeated Floyd Mayweather (left) is a heavy favorite against Robert Guerrero, who last lost in 2006. (AP)’s boxing experts predict Saturday’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero (9 p.m. ET, SHOWTIME PPV). Share your prediction in the comments below.


    Boxing’s inimitable hype machine has worked overtime to pump up Guerrero, when the reality is this: He’s not on Mayweather’s level. No question, Guerrero earned this fight. He fought the fights no one wanted (see Aydin, Selcuk) he beat a legitimate former titleholder (Andre Berto) and he looked good in both. But think about critical physical attributes: Speed, power, defense. Mayweather has the edge in all of them. I think Guerrero gets hit early and often, and I think Mayweather’s underrated power finishes him off before the final bell. Mayweather by eighth round knockout.


    Throughout history, boxing’s best-laid plans have been torpedoed spectacularly at the most unexpected times. Mayweather’s six-fight contract with Showtime, which has been trumpeted as the richest individual athlete deal of all time, certainly falls under that header. Then you consider Floyd’s advanced age (36), the documented history of fighters not being the same after prison, and the idea that no athlete — however gifted — is immune from the proverbial bad day at the office: whether it’s a broken hand in the first round or the performance of a lifetime from an opponent. It’s as if I’m more prone to pick nature, rather than Guerrero (a taller, primer two-division champion who is no walkover), to end Floyd’s undefeated run. But in the end I must walk by sight and not by faith. Mayweather’s legs aren’t what they once were and he’s been inactive, but he remains the most mentally agile fighter of his generation. Clear advantages in talent, experience, skill and ring intelligence will be enough to carry the day. Mayweather by majority decision.

  • Published On May 03, 2013