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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 SI.com. 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

24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO (HBO) ALL ACCESS: MAYWEATHER/GUERRERO (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.

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    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)

    SI.com’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.

    CHRIS MANNIX

    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.

    BRYAN ARMEN GRAHAM

    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
  • Robert Guerrero is 5-to-1 underdog in Saturday’s fight with Floyd Mayweather

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    Click to enlarge the most recent odds sheet for Saturday’s welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero.

    LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather remains a heavy favorite ahead of Saturday’s welterweight title fight with Robert Guerrero, though the most recent odds at the MGM Grand sports book have reflected moderate action on the lesser-known challenger.

    Guerrero is a +500 underdog, meaning a $100 wager returns $500 in winnings. That number is down from +700 when betting opened on Feb. 27.

    Mayweather is a -750 favorite, meaning it requires a wager of $750 to win a profit of $100. That number opened at -1100.

    A titleholder at 130, 135, 140, 147 and 154 pounds, Mayweather has never lost in 43 professional fights. The 36-year-old from Grand Rapids, Mich., is an odds-on favorite to win by decision (at 5-to-9) with even odds on a knockout.

    Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs), who captured world titles at featherweight, junior lightweight and interim belts at lightweight before skipping the 140-pound division altogether to move to welterweight, is 7-to-1 to win by knockout and 11-to-1 to win by decision.

    The fight marks Mayweather’s first since he signed a six-fight television deal with Showtime and CBS worth a potential $250 million, parting ways with HBO, which had broadcast his previous 23 fights.

    – Bryan Armen Graham


  • Published On May 02, 2013
  • Athletes and celebrities give their Mayweather vs. Guerrero predictions

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    Floyd Mayweather (left) will fight Robert Guerrero on Saturday May 4 at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime PPV. (AP)

    Oddsmakers consider Floyd Mayweather to be a heavy favorite against Robert Guerrero, and it looks like athletes and celebrities agree.

    In a press release sent out by Mayweather’s PR firm, all 19 athletes weighing in picked Mayweather, while 11 out of 14 entertainers also picked the undefeated 36-year-old.

    While some of the celebrities did not exactly give detailed predictions — how much insight does Justin Bieber’s “I’ve got Floyd all day” response really offer? — others clearly showed that they followed the sport, including Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett.

    “I think Mayweather is WAY overrated,” Shiflett said. “Look at his record. Every elite fighter he’s ever been in there with was shot except Victor Ortiz (who was giving him problems until the whole thing melted down). De La Hoya was handling Mayweather with the jab. Mosley almost knocked him out. Cotto was winning that fight but gassed out because he’s shot. Everybody else Mayweather has faced was a bum. Guerrero is young, fresh and motivated. I don’t think he’s going to let Mayweather get in his head or be overwhelmed by the moment. The Ghost by decision.”

    Perhaps the most interesting prediction comes from Las Vegas comedian Sean Cooper, who says that Mayweather might lose on purpose.

    “Mayweather needs to hype up the fight he needs to lose,” he said. “Money for the Rematch. Guerrero wins!’’

    The full list of responses is below.

    ATHLETES

    Terry Bradshaw, NFL Hall of Fame QB: “Mayweather is a proud fighter who wants to remain undefeated.  He knows how to win big fights…and he won’t lose a fight in Vegas!”

    Marlon Byrd, New York Mets: “Floyd’s going to knock him out in the eighth round.”

    Ed Davis, Memphis Grizzlies: “Because his record is 1,000-0 and he will NOT lose. Floyd by knockout in the sixth round.”

    DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors: “Floyd might have to work a little bit, but at the end of the day Floyd is going to be Floyd and finish him off.  He wins by eighth-round knockout.”

    Braylon Edwards, NFL wide receiver: “Never bet against Floyd.”

    Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees: “I have to say Floyd’s going to keep that zero in the loss column.”

    DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles: “My big bro Floyd is going to win.”

    Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers : “Floyd by decision. He’s too fast for Guerrero.”

    Kevin Krigger, jockey of Goldencents in the Kentucky Derby: “I’ve seen some of Guerrero’s fights and he didn’t impress me that much. He didn’t look like a guy who could beat Mayweather. It depends on what Mayweather wants to do with him. He might want to use him to prepare for his next fight. Mayweather will win by knockout in the sixth.”

    Andrew McCutchen, Pittburgh Pirates: “It will be a good fight and it will go the 12-round distance, but in the end, Mayweather will be victorious by a unanimous decision!”

    Shabazz Muhammad, Former UCLA basketball player: “Floyd knocks him out in the fifth.”

    Jermaine O’Neal, Phoenix Suns: “Floyd will be a little rusty to start the fight off because of the long layoff, but will pick-up a lot of steam around the third round. Then he will begin to beat Guerrero up and ultimately knock him out by the sixth.”

    Doug O’Neill, trainer of Goldencents in the Kentucky Derby: “Floyd is an experienced, cagey veteran. He will find Guerrero’s weaknesses and win by fifth-round knockout.”

    Metta World Peace, Los Angeles Lakers: “Mayweather will rally late in the fight to win a decision, eight rounds to four.”

    Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens: “By the eighth round, Mayweather will have worn him out and will capitalize with a knockout.”

    Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles: “I think it’ll be a good fight, but Money always makes the right adjustments so I don’t see him losing. Floyd wins a unanimous 12-round decision.”

    Dion Waiters, Cleveland Cavaliers: “Hardwork and dedication are the keys.  I spent some time with Floyd in Las Vegas last year and he is the hardest-working athlete I’ve ever seen.  I can’t see him losing now or ever.  He wins by fifth-round technical knockout.”

    Maalik Wayns, Los Angeles Clippers: “Floyd Money Mayweather is the greatest of all time. Enough said. Fourth-round technical knockout.”

    Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia 76ers: “Mayweather is too fast for Guerrero and will win a 12-round decision.”

    ENTERTAINERS

    Jahlil Beats, music producer: “Mayweather gets the W. He’s the greatest of all time.”

    Justin Bieber, pop star: “I’ve got Floyd all day.”

    Sean Cooper, comedian: “Mayweather needs to hype up the fight he needs to lose. Money for the Rematch. Guerrero wins!’’

    DeRay Davis, comedian and actor: “It’ll be a fourth-round knockout for the champ. He’s going to make an example of him.”

    The Game, rapper: “Floyd in 4.”

    Brad Garrett, comedian: “Mayweather in 9. ‘Money vs. The Ghost’…sounds like my divorce.”

    Marquez Houston, singer and actor: “Floyd definitely wins.  I’m going with a ninth-round knockout.”

    Jinsu, rapper: “Floyd by sixth-round TKO. Win No. 44 (will be) light work.”

    Jackie Long, actor: “Floyd will win by knockout in the fourth or fifth round.”

    Mario Lopez, TV personality: “It being Cinco De Mayo weekend and me being Mexican, I have to go with the upset and pick Guerrero by split decision in an entertaining and spirited fight. #VivaMexico”

    Lorena Peril, vocalist: “Floyd will win a decision. He is a great champion and always brings his best into the ring.”

    Da Problem, rapper: “We all know Floyd going to go to work on his a–!”

    Busta Rhymes, rapper: “Floyd is gonna bust his a–”

    Chris Shiflett, Foo Fighters guitarist: “I think Mayweather is WAY overrated. Look at his record. Every elite fighter he’s ever been in there with was shot except Victor Ortiz (who was giving him problems until the whole thing melted down). De La Hoya was handling Mayweather with the jab. Mosley almost knocked him out. Cotto was winning that fight but gassed out because he’s shot. Everybody else Mayweather has faced was a bum. Guerrero is young, fresh and motivated. I don’t think he’s going to let Mayweather get in his head or be overwhelmed by the moment. The Ghost by decision.”

    – R.J. Rico


  • Published On May 02, 2013
  • Guerrero’s father delivers tirade against Floyd ‘woman beater’ Mayweather

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    Pre-fight boxing press conferences tend to have their fair share of smack talk, but Robert Guerrero’s father, Ruben, took it to a whole new level on Wednesday.

    Referencing the domestic violence conviction that had sent Floyd Mayweather to jail for 57 days, Ruben Guerrero called Mayweather “a woman beater” — eight times.

    “Do you guys like… this guy, [this] woman beater?!” Guerrero shouted. “He must have learned that from his dad!”

    Of course, the rant was made all the better by the presence of Oscar De La Hoya, who tried desperately to try to figure out a way to shut Ruben Guerrero up.

    “All right, it’s OK, it’s OK,” De La Hoya stammered. “Hold on … All right … All right …”

    Mayweather will fight Robert Guerrero on Saturday night in Las Vegas, although the undefeated welterweight champion is probably wishing he were getting a shot at the elder Guerrero instead.

    – R.J. Rico


  • Published On May 02, 2013
  • Robert Guerrero’s gun arrest was pure foolishness

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    Robert Guerrero (right) will have a hard time coming up with a reasonable explanation for trying to bring a gun onto a plane. (Getty)

    Robert Guerrero (right) will have a hard time coming up with a reasonable explanation for trying to bring a gun onto a plane. (Getty)

    NEW YORK — Just one question came to mind when I first heard the news Robert Guerrero had been arrested in New York for gun possession.

    Seriously?

    A gun? In New York? A state that just passed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, the toughest gun laws in the country? A state ready to go to war with a well-funded NRA to keep them? A state that locked Super Bowl-winning wide receiver Plaxico Burress up for 20 months for shooting himself in the leg?

    Again…seriously?

    “I hope that Mr. Guerrero fights better than he thinks,” Queens, N.Y., District Attorney Richard A. Brown said. “For anyone who hasn’t gotten the message, let me be crystal clear. You cannot bring an unlicensed weapon — loaded or unloaded — into this county or this city. And if you do you will be arrested and face felony charges.”

    Guerrero’s decision to bring an unloaded weapon — along with three empty high-capacity bullet magazines — into New York ranks as one of the dumbest decisions a high-profile athlete has made in recent memory. Guerrero was in New York to promote his May 4 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. His itinerary included a press event in Manhattan, a trip to the ESPN studios and an appearance on The 700 Club, a Christian talk show.

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  • Published On Mar 28, 2013


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