We're getting closer to the first big money boxing fight of 2013 with Floyd Mayweather taking on Robert Guerrero. It's been a somewhat slow build, but in the past few days, business has begun to pick up, with some interesting trash talking from the camps (from both men's fathers to be more specific), and a general increased level of interest.
May Day Mayweather vs. Guerrero airs live on Showtime PPV this Saturday May 4 with a fight time of 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. Bloody Elbow will have live fight night coverage, including results and discussion.
Our friends at Bad Left Hook have complied a number of predictions on how the fight will go from various sports figures, media members, and just plain old celebrities. Here are a few of the highlights from their list:
Kevin Iole, Yahoo (Mayweather): "I think it's going to be a closer fight than a lot of people believe and I would have given Guerrero a better shot were it not for the arrest in New York that took a few days out of his training and has to have had some kind of impact upon his focus. Mayweather's legs aren't the same, but nobody sees punches coming more clearly than he does. He'll have to fight hard to keep Guerrero from mauling him, but Floyd is slick at using his elbows to create space, as he did in the Ricky Hatton fight. In a fiercely contested fight, I expect Mayweather to win by decision."
Mike Rosenthal, The Ring Magazine (Mayweather): "I think Guerrero is a very good all-around fighter and tough as nails, but Mayweather is a great fighter even if he has slipped a tad. Mayweather by unanimous decision."
Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback (Mayweather): "I think it'll be a good fight, but Money always makes the right adjustments so I don't see him losing. Floyd wins a unanimous 12-round decision." Twitter: @mikevick
And now... the celebrities:
Mario Lopez, TV Personality (Guerrero): "It being Cinco De Mayo weekend and me being Mexican, I have to go with the upset and pick Guerrero by split decision in an entertaining and spirited fight." #VivaMexico"
Chris Shiflett, Lead Guitarist of Foo Fighters (Guerrero): "I think Mayweather is WAY overrated. Look at his record. Every elite fighter he's ever been in there with was shot except Victor Ortiz (who was giving him problems until the whole thing melted down). De La Hoya was handling Mayweather with the jab. Mosley almost knocked him out. Cotto was winning that fight but gassed out because he's shot. Everybody else Mayweather has faced was a bum. Guerrero is young, fresh and motivated. I don't think he's going to let Mayweather get in his head or be overwhelmed by the moment. The Ghost by decision."
My personal favorite:
Busta Rhymes, Rapper (Mayweather): "Floyd is gonna bust his ass"
And finally... Bieber.
Justin Bieber, Pop musician, Actor and Songwriter (Mayweather): "I've got Floyd all day." Twitter: @justinbieber
Bad Left Hook has done a great job pulling all of these together - check out the full list here.
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