Floyd “Money” Mayweather has decided to take his date with Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero to the Showtime network when they fight on May 4, in Las Vegas.
Golden Boy’s Richard Schaefer said Tuesday that the undefeated Mayweather (43-0, 26 Kos) agreed to meet Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 Kos) at the MGM Grand on Cinco de Mayo weekend. It’s usually the date of the biggest fight of the year. It will be televised on Showtime pay-per-view.
“I’m very excited for Robert Guerrero,” said Schaefer. “Right now the public demands the fight with Robert Guerrero. It’s the biggest challenge out there. No question about.”
During the last two weeks Mayweather had hinted toward a fight with Devon Alexander instead.
“Mayweather is his own boss. Devon is a fighter promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. But he is contracted to fight Kell Brook,” said Schaefer by telephone.
The big surprise was that Mayweather decided to put the much anticipated showdown on Showtime instead of HBO.
“You never know,” Schaefer said about Mayweather’s decision.
Mayweather is expected to grab $30 million for the fight. There is also a rematch clause. Guerrero’s take was not disclosed but is estimated to be around $3 million.
Schaefer said the promotion will start in Los Angeles and include a nationwide hookup on CBS the major affiliate of Showtime. It was one of the major factors in Mayweather’s decision. New York will also be one of the press tour stops.
Mayweather will be 36 and Guerrero 30 when they meet on May 4.
The semi-main event will presumably have WBC junior middleweight titleholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fighting WBA titleholder Austin Trout (26-0, 14 Kos) in a unification bout.
Schaefer said he expected to finalize the Canelo-Trout deal on Wednesday.
But the real news was the announcement that all systems were go for Mayweather-Guerrero.
“Here you have a young hungry motivated fighter with a great chin and coming off the biggest win of his career,” said Schaefer. “Then there’s no doubt that defensively, Floyd is the master of any weight class and of possibly the best in history.”