SAN DIEGO, May 3, 2013 – Boxing fans have been hearing about Saturday night’s fight for weeks. In the words of boxer Robert Guerrero, “It’s time to rock and roll, man!”
It’s the biggest boxing event of 2013 so far, and one of the biggest money events in boxing history. Floyd “Money” Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) go for the May Day victory and the WBC welterweight title and the unoffical title of best pound for pound boxer in the world. The event gets underway at 9 p.m ET/6 p.m. PT on Showtime PPV. The fight will also be shown in 400 movie theaters in the United States, as well as countless bars and living rooms.
According to the contract filed with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Mayweather will receive a record-tying purse of $32 million minimum for the fight. This doesn’t take into account his share of profits from the entire event. Guerrero receives his highest payout ever for the fight, but at $3 million it’s a fraction of Mayweather’s take. Now you know why he’s called Money and the highest grossing athlete worldwide.
Guerrero may be the underdog but he seems not the least bit intimidated. “When we get in the ring, it’s on! We got to beat him down, that’s what we gotta do. We gotta take full advantage of him.”
If heart and faith made fights, back Robert Guerrero all the way. There is much to be admired about him and it would be quite the story if he pulled off a win.
But it would be an upset. No one who’s watched boxing the past 15 years can ever bet against Floyd Mayweather. He’s undefeated after 43 fights for a reason. All but one were knockouts, TKOs, or unanimous decisions.
On an excellent undercard, Daniel Ponce de Leon (44-4, 35 KOs) and Abner Mares (25-0-1, 13 KOs) of Mexico fight for De Leon’s WBC World Featherweight belt. Leo Santa Cruz of Los Angeles (23-0-1, 13 KOs) and Alexander Munoz of Venezuela (36-4, 28 KOs) tanle in a 10 round junior featherweight bout. Also, J’Leon Love (15-0, 8 KOs) of Las Vegas fights in front of a hometown crowd against Gabriel Rosado (21-6, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia in a middleweight contest.
The referee for this bout is Robert Byrd, whose last major fight was the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley Jr. bout. The judges are Jerry Roth, Duane Ford, and Julie Lederman. Lederman scored Guerrero’s last fight against Andre Berto, as well as the Donaire vs. Rigondeaux and Quillan vs. Guerrero bouts the past two weeks. Roth and Ford both judges the infamous Pacquiao – Bradley fight, with Roth being the one judge scoring it for Pacquiao.
Many celebrities and athletes will be on hand for the event. But one fight fan will miss out. Singer Justin Bieber, who carried Mayweather’s belts into the ring at his last fight, is on tour and will perform in Dubai on Saturday night.
We welcome you to our Communities live chat, starting with the undercard fights at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Our chat comes to you from the most exclusive viewing party in Southern California at a custom boxing theater, among a partisan Robert Guerrero crowd. The place will be rocking and so will the conversation. Justin, you’ve got an open invitation to join in after your concert.
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