No matter the outcome Saturday, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. will live up to his name.
The 36-year-old eight-time champion will tie his previous record of $32 million guaranteed for his bout against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and will reportedly rake in 90 percent of the profits.
Last year, he was named the world’s top earning athlete, and Mayweather should keep that moniker win, lose, or draw. Especially with the $200 million deal he inked with Showtime, since leaving long-time partner HBO.
Fighting for the first time in a year, Mayweather’s hit that advanced age when fighters have typically begun their decline, and many questioned whether the quickness and reflexes that helped him allude opponents during his 43-0 undefeated run is still there.
Standing at a 31-1-1 record, Guerrero looks to be the first to ever topple Mayweather, and has his own winning-streak to protect.
The southpaw from California with a rich Mexican heritage, hasn’t lost a fight since 2006. Guerrero originally fell to Orlando Salido, but that was later ruled a no contest due to Salido’s positive steroid test after the bout.
Like most prize fights, the combatants have launched verbal grenades into each other’s camps, but no one has really struck a savage blow for the psychological edge.
Mayweather accused Guerrero of exploiting his wife’s bout with cancer to win over fans, and poked fun at the gun charge he faces in New York after the bout.
While Guerrero’s father and trainer, Ruben, told the world during the final press conference earlier this week: “We’re going to beat up that woman beater.”
Mayweather was incarcerated for two months last year, after his assault on Josie Harris, who shares three children with him.
The event begins at 9 p.m. Eastern time, and you can purchase the pay-per-view from your local cable provider at Showtime’s official site here, and there is a link for a pirated site, which viewers can watch at their own discretion.
Betting Odds: Mayweather Jr. is favored 8-to-1, or -750
Over/Under: 11.5 rounds
Tale Of the Tape
Reach: 72 in
Record: 43-0, 26 KOs
Reach: 70 in
Record: 31-1-1, 18 KOs, 13 Decisions
Prediction: Mayweather, all 12 rounds in a close decision.
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