Las Vegas (April 10) - Six-Time and Four-Division World Champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero will attempt to hand Eight-Time and Five-Division World Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather the first loss of his professional career when they face off on Saturday, May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. in a fight which will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV®.
While it has yet to be seen whether Guerrero's faith can will him to victory as he has recently claimed it will, it is evident that determination has guided him to the biggest fight of his career.
Guerrero has shown that he can certainly back up his talk with his actions in the ring. In 2012, he won two back-to-back bouts in the welterweight division and captured the WBC Interim Welterweight World Championship, making him the third fighter in boxing history to win a world title at featherweight and welterweight, joining the likes of legends Henry Armstrong and Manny Pacquiao. Guerrero has also joined the exclusive fraternity of fighters who have jumped up two weight classes to win world championships during their careers, a group which includes Roberto Duran, Roy Jones Jr. and Sugar Shane Mosley with only Guerrero and Jones accomplishing the feat in their first fights in their new weight classes. Lastly, he is one of two Mexican American fighters to win world titles in four divisions, the other being Oscar De La Hoya.
While it's not a surprise that Guerrero has earned the opportunity to face Mayweather, the proven pound-for-pound and pay-per-view king, it might surprise even the most dedicated boxing fans to know just how long Guerrero lobbied for this opportunity.
November 11, 2011
"I just believe that there's a potential Mayweather fight out there for me. You know, Mayweather wants to come back on May 5. (Ring TV)
"I'm a world champion over three different weight divisions. I've fought overseas and I've won five titles. What more can I do in boxing to put myself into position for a fight of this magnitude?" (Ring TV)
"I'm throwing it out there. There shouldn't be any reason that that fight can't be made. My last fight, I walked into the ring at 152 pounds. Mayweather walks into the ring at 148 or 149 or 150, so that's not much of a difference. I can make 147 no problem." (Ring TV)
November 21, 2011
"I'm a multiple world champion and I've won titles in three different divisions. That's always the excuse when you're trying to avoid the young lion. For instance, Jesus Chavez, Carlos Hernandez, Sharmba Mitchell, Victor Ortiz and Henry Bruseles, who did they beat to get their chance to fight Floyd? Not one of them has accomplished as much as I have." (Boxing Scene)
"We are approaching this challenge like 'Hey, let's make it happen. I know he set that date. Cinco de Mayo. I am Mexican American right here. Let's do it." (The Sweet Science)
"Mayweather is the guy I want. Like I said, I want to fight the best... I'd love to fight him." (The Sweet Science)
"I know he is paying attention. Floyd Mayweather would not be pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, if he wasn't paying attention. Even when he retired, he was paying attention. I'm expecting him to take on the challenge." (The Sweet Science)
December 1, 2011
"The fact is I've always faced the biggest challenges in and out of the ring head on. I've always said to be the best you have to fight the best and right now Floyd Mayweather is considered the best fighter in the world. I'm here to say I'm the best fighter in the world. There's only one way to find out...May 5th let's do it." (Boxing Scene)
December 6, 2011
"I'm a five-time world champion in three different weight divisions. I'm a 5'9" lefty and everyone says he has trouble with lefties. This is his chance to show the world. I've won world titles, defending them a number of times. He isn't getting a guy that's only had one world title fight. He'd have an experienced fighter in front of him and also a big fighter... Everything is setup right there to make a big fight...When it comes down to it, I take care of business. If it comes down to having to go to Floyd's gym, that's what I'll do." (Fight Hype)
December 15, 2011
"I haven't fought in awhile, but it hasn't been that long. I will get the best sparring partners in the world and will be sharper than I've ever been. Like I said, I respect Floyd a lot and will make sure I am on top of my game. I feel like some of these things can help me get the fight. You know how Floyd likes to hand pick his opponents...Maybe this will make me look more attractive to him." (Fight Saga)
"Floyd needs a dancing partner on Cinco de Mayo and I'm willing to step up and face the biggest challenge out there. I know I can beat him. It's up to Floyd to take the fight." (Fight Hype)
"Well for one, like I said, I wanna fight the best fighters out there. Everyone says I am 135, that I have no experience at 140 or 147. Size is not the issue. I am a physically bigger guy. I have been around Floyd, I have seen Floyd in person. I have been on undercards that Floyd was fighting on. I am a bigger guy than Floyd. At the end of the day words are not going to get the job done." (Examiner)
January 4, 2012
"Yes, I've been seeking a fight with Floyd since his date on May 5th was announced. I'm here to fight the best fighters in the world." (Doghouse Boxing)
January 9, 2012
"I'm going to shock the world and beat Floyd Mayweather." (LA Times)
"No matter who it is, a fight with Floyd Mayweather would be the biggest fight of anybody's career. This is where you start setting your legacy as one of the greatest in boxing." (Daily News)
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"MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero," a 12-round fight for Mayweather's WBC Welterweight World Championship and the vacant Ring Magazine Welterweight World Championship, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, O'Reilly Auto Parts, AT&T, Star Trek Into Darkness and Valvoline. The mega-event will take place Saturday, May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. The event can be heard in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP). Also featured will be Daniel Ponce de Leon vs. Abner Mares, a 12-round fight for Ponce de Leon's WBC Featherweight World Championship, former IBF Bantamweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz facing veteran Alexander Munoz in a 10-round junior featherweight bout and rising star J'Leon Love squaring off against recent world title challenger Gabriel Rosado in a 10-round middleweight battle for the vacant NABF Middleweight Championship.
Remaining tickets for "MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero" priced at $1,500, $1,250, $800 and $600, not including applicable service charges, are on sale now with a ticket limit of 10 per person. 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.
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