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Mayweather vs. ‘The Ghost’ on SHOWTIME PPV
The ‘Money’ King Floyd Mayweather returns to action for the first time in one year on Saturday, May 4, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), an undefeated five-division world champion, will battle Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) in the main event of a SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View event.
In addition, to ‘MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero,’ the talented Abner Mares (25-0-1, 13 KOs) challenges WBC featherweight champion, the resurgent Daniel Ponce DeLeon (44-4, 35 KOs) in the co-featured attraction.
Mayweather fought his entire career as an HBO prizefighter. Mayweather became a world champion in less than two years by besting the late Genaro Hernandez in October 1998. Mayweather’s biggest victories over Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Diego Corrales, Ricky Hatton, Jose Luis Castillo, Arturo Gatti, and Angel Manfredy were all either on HBO or HBO Pay-Per-View.
Just recently, Mayweather announced a groundbreaking deal that he will no longer appear on HBO and will fight exclusively SHOWTIME for six fights during the next 30 months. As Rihanna stated in her song ‘Pour It Up: ‘All I see is signs. All I see is dollar signs.’
“Not only is Floyd Mayweather the undisputed number one draw in boxing, he is far and away the number one draw in all of pay-per-view,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “The fact that for his first fight under our new agreement, Floyd selected Robert Guerrero, a dangerous and talented fighter in the prime of his career, as his opponent, shows Floyd’s willingness to challenge himself and his strong commitment to staging the biggest and most exciting events in the sport. SHOWTIME PPV has a long history of staging many of the most significant pay-per-view events in history featuring boxing legends Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Julio Cesar Chavez. We are thrilled to add Floyd Mayweather to this amazing list.”
Mayweather, the ‘Money’ cash cow will be making SHOWTIME (not HBO) a lot of money while propelling the network giant back into the boxing pay-tv business.
”My new deal with Showtime and its parent CBS is very thrilling for me and a motivation to fight more often starting with my May 4 fight against Robert Guerrero,” Mayweather 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…42 have tried, 42 have failed. He will be number 43.”
Mayweather has fought some of the very best fighters in the world including Juan Manuel Marquez, the same guy that Pacquaio fought four times and was knocked out by in their last meeting in December. Mayweather made Marquez look like a novice amateur while Pacquiao made Marquez look like Mike Tyson.
Mayweather needs a challenge. Guererro has been clamoring for a fight with Floyd for three years and during that span, Guerrero has held his own winning world titles and moving up two weight classes to beat bigger punchers in Selcuk Aydin and Andre Berto with ease.
Guerrero, a nice guy with a gigantic heart, a family man with lots of pride and etiquette, has earned the opportunity to have his ass whipped by ‘Money’ Mayweather for twelve rounds.
“Floyd is a superstar in boxing and his record-breaking deal with Showtime and its parent CBS reinforces his role in the sport as the face and driving force behind boxing today,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO, Mayweather Promotions. “Robert Guerrero deserves this opportunity and I commend him for stepping up and feeling so confident against someone as talented as Floyd, but its Floyd’s night to return to the ring on this Cinco de Mayo boxing weekend and give fans another performance that makes him the champion he is today.”
This is just great! I know the executives over at SHOWTIME Boxing, as impartial as they have proven to be through the years, are licking their chops for a memorable Mayweather performance. Nobody is going to give Guerrero a chance to win except for Guerrero’s wife, his team of trainers, and his wife
Nobody in boxing believes in Robert Guerrero which is why a victory against Floyd will indeed be historic and groundbreaking.
”First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the opportunities he has blessed me and my family with, said Guerrero. “All of the trials and tribulations that have occurred in my life have made me a better person as well as a better fighter and the results are undeniable. 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 4th, the whole world will know I’m a man who willed his way to victory by putting God first in his life.”
Guerrero has indeed earned the right to fight Floyd.
Just when you think Mayweather had no one to fight, Robert Guerrero emerged. Guerrero is a four-division world champion having won world titles at 126, 130, 135, and 147 pounds. Guerrero has high-profile victories against Aydin, Berto, Joel Casamayor, and Michael Katsidis. Guerrero is a veteran of nine world title fights and is a very good technical fighter. His southpaw style should force Mayweather to throw more straight-rights when they meet.
Tickets for “MAYDAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero” priced at $1,500, $1,250, $800, $600, $300 and $200 are currently on sale. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.