Monday, March 11, 2013
More Mayweather-Guerrero details
By Dan Rafael
Since last month's announcement that pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. would defend his welterweight world title against interim titlist Robert Guerrero on May 4 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, I have been asked the same questions over and over: How much are the tickets and when do they go on sale?
Golden Boy announced the particulars on Monday about the Showtime PPV event, which has been titled "Mayday: Mayweather vs. Guerrero."
The co-feature was also formally announced, although it has been set for several days: Featherweight titlist Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-4, 35 KOs) will defend against Mexican countryman Abner Mares (25-0-1, 13 KOs), the former bantamweight and junior featherweight titlist who recently vacated his 122-pound title to move up to the 126-pound featherweight division.
In announcing the fight details, Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) said, "I know Guerrero has been campaigning to fight me for quite a while now and I am happy to give him his opportunity. His name is mentioned among the other great champions in boxing today, and that means he has proven himself in the ring. He will now have to prove himself against me, which is a whole other story.
"I'm excited for the challenge and fully expect a good, tough fight from him. However, I do expect the same outcome for him as all of the others who have challenged me before: Forty-two have tried, 42 have failed. He will be number 43."
Said Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs), a former two-division titlist who has also won interim belts in two other weight classes: "Nothing has ever come easy to me, and that mental fortitude has prepared me to defeat the one fighter everyone perceives to be the pound-for-pound king in Floyd Mayweather. When we lock eyes across the ring on fight night, he's going to feel the presence of a man preordained for greatness.
"The time is now to show the world why I'm destined to dethrone Floyd, and when I come out victorious on May 4, the whole world will know I'm a man who willed his way to victory by putting God first in his life."