Floyd "Money" Mayweather will defend his WBC Welterweight Championship against Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, but before they do battle in the ring, Mayweather and Guerrero will engage in a war of words on Wednesday.
The pre-fight press conference will take place on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. ET, and while it could be a tame event meant to hype the fight in a gentlemanly manner, it isn't uncommon for these things to erupt into pandemonium.
Mayweather is the king of trash talk in the boxing world, and Guerrero hasn't exactly remained quiet during the buildup either. It is possible that things could get heated, and there could even be a physical confrontation or two. Anything could happen, so boxing fans won't want to miss it.
Keep reading to find out how you can watch the YouTube live stream of the press conference and to brush up on some of the storylines to keep tabs on.
Where: MGM Grand in Las Vegas
When: Wednesday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. ET
Watch: YouTube Live Stream
Storylines to Watch
Will Mayweather Get Mouthy?
As lethal as Mayweather's fists can be in the ring, his words outside the ring may be even deadlier. Mayweather usually gains a psychological edge heading into his fights by intimidating his opponents. Mayweather perhaps hasn't been as vocal as usual during the lead-up to this fight, but things recently got personal when he questioned Guerrero's religious beliefs and called him a hypocrite.
A lot of the time, you see guys that are hypocrites, Mayweather said. For instance, you got a guy that’s always preaching like he’s a preacher, like he loves God more than anyone else, and I feel that we’re all equal when it’s all said and done. You got this guy that’s preaching, going to the ‘700 Club,’ acting like he’s a pastor, but he gets caught with a gun.
They were joking about me doing time. What goes around comes around. A week after the fight, it’s time for him to do his time.
Mayweather has tried to hit Guerrero where it hurts, and while Guerrero hasn't shown himself to be fazed by the comments, don't expect Mayweather to stop poking and prodding. Trash talk is a huge part of his arsenal, and it is likely to play a big role in the press conference.
Fathers Looking to Fight?
May 4 will mark the fight we've all been waiting for as Mayweather and Guerrero will go head to head, but there could be a Mayweather vs. Guerrero preview at the press conference. That fight would pit Floyd Mayweather Sr. against Ruben Guerrero. The fathers have done almost as much trash-talking as the sons throughout this process, and there has been plenty of discussion about a possible confrontation.
According to David Mayo of MLive.com, the elder Mayweather has had a lot to say over the past several weeks, and Guerrero's father hasn't taken kindly to it.
Guerrero's father has said that he is ready to tangle with Mayweather Sr., but he followed that up by saying that Mayweather's father never shows up for events: "I'm ready too, man, Ruben Guerrero said. I'm ready for (Mayweather’s) dad, man — if his dad ever shows up. He never shows up. I'm always there."
Both fathers are scheduled to be present at the press conference, though, so it will be interesting to see if any verbal or physical jabs are thrown. This press conference is supposed to be about the two men who will be fighting on Saturday, but it may be about the men who will be in their corners instead.
Will Guerrero Get Physical?
Throughout this entire process, Guerrero has come off as calm, cool and collected. He has had a few words here and there for Mayweather, but he generally hasn't fallen into his traps. Mayweather has tried to hit Guerrero where it hurts, though, so it could just be a matter of time before Guerrero snaps. Guerrero seems mild-mannered enough, but a person can only take so much abuse.
Guerrero is extremely religious and, as previously mentioned, Mayweather has joked about that. If Guerrero is as committed to religion as he seems to be, Mayweather's comments have to be getting to him.
Guerrero is so serious about religion that he believes God has put him in a position to beat Mayweather and take over the boxing world, according to BoxingNews24.com: "God’s groomed me and prepped me for this time to take over boxing. That’s why it’s like a modern day David and Goliath…God’s put me in this position for a reason."
If Mayweather continues to mock Guerrero at the press conference, then maybe Guerrero will take a "no more Mr. Nice Guy" approach. Punching Mayweather on Wednesday would probably feel good, but Mayweather is trying to goad him. If Guerrero bites, then he'll be playing right into Mayweather's hands.
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