Mayweather vs. Guerrero: What Athletes Are Saying About 2013's Biggest Fight

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 17: Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. works out at the Mayweather Boxing Club on April 17, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. will fight Robert Guerrero for the WBC welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2013.  (Photo by Bryan Haraway/Getty Images)
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When Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) steps into the ring against Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) Saturday night in Las Vegas for the WBC and vacant The Ring Welterweight Championships, the sport of boxing will be the center of attention.

While sports fans across the world will be watching this main event, top athletes from every spectrum of athletics, who love boxing as much as anyone, are also excited for the action of a Mayweather pay-per-view event.

As entertaining as these fights are, other professional boxers tend to study these bouts for weaknesses or just to learn from the mistakes of another fighter. Just because a boxer isn’t in the fight, doesn’t mean they aren’t excited.

Middleweight champion Andre Ward lent his support to Guerrero in this fight and is pulling for the underdog:

There are plenty of boxers that want to comment on this fight, but WWE manager Paul Heyman is always more than willing to share his two cents on any given topic from another type of squared circle:

Now that excitement levels are reaching a fever pitch, more and more athletes from other sports are also stepping out to make their picks, including several prominent NFL players. Former pass-catching phenom Chad Johnson was asked about the fight, and broke down why Mayweather can’t lose:

Keeping with the wide receiver theme, Philadelphia Eagles star DeSean Jackson shared his excitement for the fight and his support of the Money Team:

Maybe the Eagles can have a viewing party Saturday night, as Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick claimed that he would go all-in on Mayweather if he was a betting man:

While boxing fans and professional athletes across the sports world are excited about the mega fight this Saturday, both Guerrero and Mayweather have also chimed in themselves about the anticipation for a brawl.

Just as many of Guerrero’s fans have given him unwavering support throughout this process, The Ghost himself is the most excited of all and can’t wait to get into the ring:

If Guerrero were able to win on Saturday, it would be one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, and, as The Ghost says in this video, that’s what he wants:

I honestly feel this is a modern-day David vs. Goliath. I’m in that position like Buster Douglas. I’m going to show up to the fight and I’m going to take him out just like Buster Douglas did Mike Tyson.

Mayweather has talked throughout the entire buildup to this bout—and no one was surprised—but his best talking came in a natural face-to-face with Guerrero at the very beginning (h/t Showtime Sports):

Money wasn't done there, though, as he took his verbal campaign to ESPN:

In what could be the best tweet of the entire fight buildup, Mayweather wins the day by sending out the fight countdown and a Ghostbusters picture:

No matter which fighter comes out victorious Saturday night, the excitement surrounding this marquee fight has brought hardcore and casual boxing fans together.

The Mayweather name is a bona fide PPV draw, and with the intriguing matchup against an upset master like Guerrero, the entire sports world will be focused on Las Vegas this weekend.