LAS VEGAS-Maybe it was more restricted, or maybe it was simply access to Floyd Mayweather’s media day was unnecessary, but fewer reporters appeared at the Las Vegas boxing gym located in Chinatown on Wednesday.
Flanked by some of the biggest bodyguards seen since, well, since Mayweather (43-0, 26 Kos) fought Juan Manuel Marquez. The fighter known as “Money” entered the gym to the spectacle of a couple dozen cameras and video recorders with the usual readiness before a big fight.
It’s Mayweather time.
Mayweather, 36, faces Northern California’s Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 Kos) on May 4, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. More than a few experts recognize the speedy prizefighter as the top professional boxer in the world today. Some expect another humdrum victory and others expect Mayweather’s toughest fight to date.
More than a few reporters asked who Mayweather will fight next and if he would consider fighting Saul “Canelo” Alvarez should he beat Austin Trout this Saturday in San Antonio.
“My focus is the guy right in front of me,” said Mayweather, who remains undefeated since becoming professional back in 1996.
For almost two entire decades Mayweather has journeyed from the 130-pound junior lightweight division to the current 147-pound welterweight division that he defends against Guerrero. He’s also captured the 154-pound junior middleweight division and could easily venture into that realm too. But first things first.
“I’m just trying to be the best that I can be,” Mayweather said at the media day with cameras rolling and microphones shoved up to his face.
Throughout the years Mayweather has said publicly that he seeks to retire undefeated with a rack of championship world titles to show and iconic victories over the best prizefighters in his era. It’s a huge task but one that he’s comfortable chasing.
Standing in his way is a 30-year-old southpaw boxer-puncher who also moved up multiple divisions from 126-pound featherweight to the current weight class with a number of captured world titles along the way. It’s perhaps the most dangerous fight Mayweather has entered since fighting Oscar De La Hoya in 2007. In that fight he won a split decision victory after 12 rounds and that remains the closest battle that he ever entered.
But he relishes the attention.
“I want to make a legacy as the greatest fighter who ever entered the ring,” Mayweather said.
Beating Guerrero will definitely add to that legacy should he emerge victorious.