Weights from Las Vegas: Mayweather 146, Guerrero 147

Weights from Las Vegas: Mayweather 146, Guerrero 147
May 3, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) vs. Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs)*
WBC/Ring Magazine welterweight world title, 12 rounds
Mayweather (champion) 146, Guerrero 147

Daniel Ponce de Leon (44-4, 35 KOs) vs. Abner Mares (25-0-1, 13 KOs)*
WBC featherweight world title, 12 rounds
Ponce de Leon (champion) 126, Mares 126

Leo Santa Cruz (23-0-1, 13 KOs) vs. Alexander Muñoz (36-4, 28 KOs)*
Vacant USBA junior featherweight regional title, 10 rounds
Santa Cruz 122, Muñoz 121

J’Leon Love (15-0, 8 KOs) vs. Gabriel Rosado (21-6, 13 KOs)*
Vacant NABF middleweight regional title, 10 rounds
Love 161.5, Rosado 160
(Love has one hour to make the 160-pound limit)

Ronald Gavril (3-0) vs. Roberto Yong (5-6-2, 4 KOs)
Middleweights, 8 rounds
Gavril 168, Yong 166
Luis Arias (4-0, 3 KOs) vs. Donyil Livingston (8-2-1, 4 KOs)^
Super middleweights, 6 rounds (TV if time permits)
Arias 165, Livingston 164
Badou Jack (13-0, 9 KOs) vs. Michael Gbenga (13-7, 13 KOs)^
Light heavyweights, 8 rounds
Jack 170, Gbenga 170
Lanell Bellows (3-0-1, 3 KOs) vs. Matthew Garretson (2-0, 1 KO)
Super middleweights, 4 rounds
Bellows 169, Garretson 169

*televised on Showtime Pay-Per-View
^televised on Showtime

LAS VEGAS – In front of a capacity crowd at the MGM Grand, Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero both made the 147-pound limit ahead of Saturday night’s WBC/Ring Magazine welterweight world title clash at the same venue.

Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), the reigning champion fighting out of Las Vegas via Grand Rapids, Mich., tipped the scales at 146 pounds.  Meanwhile, the 30-year-old Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs), hailing from Gilroy, came in one pound heavier.

“The audience is great.  The fans have been great.  The promotion for this is unbelievable,” the 36-year-old Mayweather told Showtime.  “I’m in tip-top shape.  I had a great training camp, and we’re ready to fight.”

At Wednesday’s final press conference, Guerrero’s father and trainer Ruben vociferously alluded to Mayweather’s domestic violence conviction last year that subsequently led to a two-month jail sentence.  This time, the weigh-in was incident-free, but an exuberant Guerrero made sure to show his foe that he would not back down from the challenge.

“I’m thinking about getting down, that’s what I’m thinking about,” the younger Guerrero said moments later.  “It’s time to rock and roll.  Nobody’s intimidating me.  When we get in the ring, it’s on.”

The three judges in charge of scoring the bout are New York’s Julie Lederman and the Nevada pair of Jerry Roth and Duane Ford.  Referee Robert Byrd of Nevada’s presence as the third man in the ring is intriguing due to his reputation of letting the combatants fight on the inside.

If that trend continues, Guerrero would gain an advantage because he plans to turn the bout into a toe-to-toe brawl on the ropes against a master technician like Mayweather, whose superior handspeed will likely stand out if the fight gravitates to the center of the ring.

“It’s all about blood, sweat, and tears,” Mayweather said.  “Of course, I come from a boxing family, so my blood is embedded in this…Like I said before, I always control the tempo.  My thing is to go out there and be me, listen to my dad brings to the table, and execute the gameplan.”

Catch up on our collection of in-depth coverage over the past three months: [Mayweather-Guerrero Fight Central]

On Thursday night, the Warriors surprisingly knocked off the favored Denver Nuggets in the NBA Playoffs.  Unlike pro basketball, however, a fighter doesn’t have to win four times to emerge victorious; he just has to do it once.

With questions about the fighter universally recognized as the pound-for-pound king possibly passing his prime, can the South Bay star author a performance of a lifetime and strike a second blow this week for Northern California sports?

“We gotta beat him down,” Guerrero said.  “We’re taking full advantage of this [moment].”

According to Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer, Mayweather is scheduled to make a minimum purse of $32 million, while Guerrero will rake in a minimum of $3 million. Mayweather will wear Grant gloves, while Guerrero will don the Cleto Reyes brand; both will weigh eight ounces.

Saturday’s televised fight card begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT with a twinbill on Showtime, with CSN Bay Area’s Barry Tompkins calling the blow-by-blow with analyst Steve Farhood.

Showtime Pay-Per-View will then take the reins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT for the final four bouts of the night, with host Brian Kenny joined by announcers Mauro Ranallo, Al Bernstein, and Paulie Malignaggi.

Check out Comcast.com for more information on ordering Mayweather-Guerrero, and Norcalboxing.net later tonight for locations on where to watch the fight in Northern California.

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