Mayweather vs. Guerrero: 10 Things to Know Going into the Big Fight
Floyd Mayweather has officially announced his fight with Robert Guerrero for May 4, but audiences may not be fully aware of the many intriguing developments surrounding this fight.
The fight will be between a further aging 36-year-old Mayweather and a prime 29-year-old Guerrero. Guerrero could serve as a tough comeback opponent for Mayweather in what should be a thrilling show.
So, without further ado, here's a look at 10 facts about this fight.
Mayweather Signed a 6-Fight Deal with Showtime
In a surprise move, Mayweather inked a 6-fight deal with Showtime pay-per-view that will unfold over the next three years, according to a report from USA Today.
That means two fights a year. That will bring more money to Mayweather's bank account, but also more wear and tear to the 36-year-old's aging body.
Guerrero Rearranged Andre Berto's Face and Knocked Him Down Twice
Guerrero knocked Andre Berto down twice en route to a unanimous-decision victory. That's nothing special at this point. Victor Ortiz did that nearly two years ago.
What is special is how Guerrero did it. He didn't trade knockdowns with Berto in a close fight like in the Berto-Ortiz fight. He dominated Berto and closed both his eyes.
If Mayweather thinks he's getting a fighter who will be just another Ortiz, he has another thing coming.
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Austin "No Doubt" Trout Will Steal the Show
Austin Trout vs. Saul Alvarez is about as big as a fight between young fighters gets. BoxingScene.com reports that the fight is nearly a done deal.
In Trout, audiences have the undefeated WBA world champion at 154 pounds. Alvarez is the undefeated WBC 154-pound champ.
Bring the two together and the hype echoes that of Meldrick Taylor vs. Julio Cesar Chavez and Oscar De La Hoya vs. Shane Mosley.
Trout's decision victory over Miguel Cotto was clear and fully announced the champion as an elite fighter.
If Alvarez can beat Trout in what will surely be a pick 'em fight between the two, he'll have no trouble selling the boxing fans and general public on his future plan to fight Mayweather in the fall.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez V Has Become a Bigger Fight for HBO
Bob Arum, head of Top Rank Promotions, told BoxingScene.com that he believes Mayweather signing to exclusively fight with Showtime will make HBO offer a good sum of money for Pacquiao vs. Marquez V.
With HBO no longer able to see a cut of the profits from a Mayweather fight, a Pacquiao fight is the next biggest moneymaking venture in the sport.
Adrien Broner Could Land on the Mayweather-Guerrero Undercard
Broner told RingTV.com that he was open to fighting on the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard for the right amount of money.
As one of the hottest and fastest rising young stars in boxing, his growing stature could amplify the bang that prospective buyers would get for their buck.
Miguel Cotto Awaits the Winner for His Return in the Fall
Miguel Cotto is set to return to the ring in the fall. According to a report from BoxingScene.com, he's watching the May 4 Mayweather-Guerrero and Alvarez-Trout matches for his next opponent.
Mayweather and Trout each hold Cotto's previous decision losses. Revenge against either opponent could prove valuable to his legacy.
Then there's the prospect of facing Mexico's Alvarez in a classic addition to the long lineage of Mexico vs. Puerto Rico matchups.
Mayweather Has Reunited with His Father for This Training Camp
Mayweather Sr. trained his son in the beginning of his career, but Mayweather Jr. would go on to use the services of uncle Roger Mayweather for the majority of his professional career.
Mayweather Jr. cited (per 3MoreRounds.com) Roger's health issues as the reason he's reconnected with his father to help in the training camp.
Though the two have had choice words with each other in the past, Mayweather Sr. gave Jr. his start in boxing, and it may be fitting that he join his son until his career's end.
Guerrero Won Mayweather's Title While Mayweather Was Locked Up
While Mayweather served two-month jail sentence in the summer, his WBC welterweight title was up for grabs, according to a report from USA Today.
While Mayweather retained the belt once he was released from prison and cleared to fight, Guerrero was given the interim WBC belt for defeating previously undefeated Selcuk Aydin.
Following the Aydin victory, the WBC declared Guerrero Mayweather's mandatory challenger. Had Mayweather not faced Guerrero, he'd have been officially stripped of his welterweight title.
Mayweather's MGM Grand Winning Streak Stands at 6-0, 2 KO
Mayweather began his current 6-0 MGM Grand winning streak on May 5, 2007, against Oscar De La Hoya, the biggest star of his career.
Since then, Mayweather has exclusively fought at the MGM Grand. But with his recent departure from HBO after nine pay-per-views with the network, he may not stay loyal to the MGM Grand.
Mayweather has long stated his desire to fight in England. Former junior welterweight world titlist Amir Khan has set his sights on moving up to welterweight, according to a report from UK news site, the Telegraph.
Khan is a popular fighter in England, and his promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, has worked very closely with Mayweather in previous fights.
With Golden Boy focusing a lot of its resources toward building its promotional stable in England, according to a report from the Mirror, it's not unfathomable that this could be Mayweather's last fight at the MGM Grand.
Guerrero Believes Mayweather Is 'Ripe for the Picking'
Guerrero is 29 years old, in his prime and is coming off two big victories over hard-punching welterweights. Mayweather is 36 years old, slowing down and another year out of the ring.
Guerrero described these factors and many more in an interview with FightHype.com as reasons why now is the perfect time for him to face Mayweather and defeat him.
With his size, strength, ability to make things rough on the inside and underrated boxing intelligence, Guerrero may be the wrong fight for Mayweather to face coming off his jail sentence.
Only way to find out is to watch when the two meet May 4 on Showtime.