If the Las Vegas MGM Grand had posted a prop bet on whether Robert Guerrero or Floyd Mayweather would run into legal trouble before their May 4 rumble at the casino’s Garden Arena, the oddsmakers wouldn’t have seen this coming.
After all, it was Mayweather who entered his last fight knowing that spending time behind bars was not a possibility, but a certainty. In January 2012, a Las Vegas judge sentenced him to three months for pleading guilty to a domestic violence charge, but delayed his trip to jail until after his bout in May of that same year against Miguel Cotto.
Showtime, which will broadcast Mayweather-Guerrero on pay-per-view, will commence its promotional blitz on Wednesday with “30 Days in May,” a one-hour special where cameras followed Mayweather between the Cotto clash and his June 2012 entry into Clark County Detention Center (10 p.m. ET/PT).
Though the 36-year-old Mayweather has crafted a persona often defined by his ostentatious displays fitting of his “Money” moniker, producer Todd Crites vowed that the documentary would instead reveal a “person who is somewhat of a simple man” and “soft-spoken.”
“I don’t think I’m untouchable, nowhere,” said Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), a Las Vegas resident who was eventually released after two months. “I think I’m blessed…I think people think like, ‘Floyd, he’s a big shot. He’s this and he’s that.’ I’m not saying that. I’m just me.”
The airing of “30 Days in May” has gained more relevance, ironically because it comes on the heels of Guerrero’s shocking arrest last Thursday at New York City’s JFK Airport, where he was subsequently charged with illegal gun possession and possible jail time if convicted.
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Guerrero (31-1, 18 KOs), a 30-year-old Gilroy native, has witnessed his pristine reputation come under scrutiny. Like in Mayweather’s scenario, Guerrero won’t have to make any further contact with the authorities until after the fight. However, upon closer inspection, the two situations aren’t as similar as would initially seem.
Mayweather’s last run-in with the law was surely not his first; on the other hand, Guerrero has no prior criminal record. While Mayweather’s sentence was already set in stone, the South Bay star still has an outside shot to beat the rap—especially considering his lack of intent to commit the crime in question given the facts in public circulation.
But before the cameras hit the courtroom, all eyes will be focused on Guerrero to see if he can acquit himself in a 20-by-20 squared circle of truth on May 4 against the best fighter in the sport.
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With everything he has endured the past three years—from his wife Casey’s triumph over leukemia to his recovery from a torn left rotator cuff—Guerrero has mental toughness in spades. Can he clear this latest hurdle on the path to superstardom?
Despite the obvious distractions surrounding his “30 Days” leading up to the fight, Mayweather would ultimately block them out and outduel Cotto to victory. In a way, that outcome is one department in which Guerrero hopes his saga will mirror Wednesday’s movie.