With less than three weeks to go before "MAY DAY: Mayweather vs. Guerrero," Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero participated in media workouts on back-to-back days last week in Las Vegas.
Eight-Time and Five-Division World Champion Mayweather worked out Wednesday, April 17 at the Mayweather Boxing Club and Six-Time and Four-Division World Champion Guerrero on Tuesday, April 16 at the IBA Gym.
Joining Mayweather on Wednesday was Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, and several up and coming boxers from Mayweather Promotions - J'Leon Love, who faces Gabriel Rosado on the May 4 SHOWTIME PPV undercard from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and Luis Arias and Badou Jack, who will appear in non-televised fights on May 4.
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, was on hand at both Mayweather and Guerrero's workouts and expressed his excitement for the mega-event.
See below what the world champions, executives and other boxers said:
ROBERT GUERRERO, Six-Time and Four-Division World Champion
"My lucky number is 44. So you know, I'm ready to go. I'm excited and I've worked hard for this. I've worked hard to be in this position. God has blessed me with a lot. I'm ready. I've had the right fights to be here. I've been built up the right way. I'm ready to go. I feel ready. I had two good fights as a welterweight weight class before this. It was what I needed to break into the weight class.
"You've got to be ready to do everything [when fighting Floyd Mayweather]. People say you need to have an A, B and C game plan, but with Floyd, you need an A to Z game plan. You've got to be ready for whatever because Floyd is the type of guy that makes adjustments here and there and he makes it tough for fighters to get in there with him. You've got to be ready to make those adjustments; we've been practicing a lot of stuff. Our game plan is to go out there and be 100 percent ready and be able to make those adjustments. Throughout my career everybody has seen that I've been able to make adjustments.
"For a lot of guys, Floyd gets into their head and he frustrates them. They lose their game plan. That game plan goes out the door. That being said, you also have to be able to execute a game plan and a lot of these guys know what they need to do, but they don't have the ability to do it.
"You've got to go in there and fight an intelligent fight with Floyd. He is a very sharp guy, a very smart guy in the ring. That is why he is 43-0. It's about being smart, using your head in the ring and maintaining your game plan.
"My wife's battle with cancer really made me grow as a man. It makes you mentally strong. She is fighting for her life. Being a caretaker makes you a mentally strong person. That is why I laugh when you say this is just a fight compared to that because it is. It's just a fight. That is one of the things that I learned from her whole fight with cancer. Being mentally strong, being able to hold it together and pushing through is what counts.
"[When asked if the pressure will affect him] I laugh because it is laughable. To have people ask me questions and this and that, that isn't pressure at all. Raising two kids and having a wife dying from cancer, now that's pressure. So this is no problem. This just comes with the territory and you've got to do it to take care of business."
RICHARD SCHAEFER, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions
"It's a Mayweather fight and a Mayweather fight is the Super Bowl of boxing.
"A Mayweather fight means a sold out venue and great buzz in Las Vegas. It's going to be one of those nights when The Money Team will show up against Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero.
"Robert Guerrero has moved up several weight classes and is always perceived as the little guy, but he is bigger than Mayweather. He has a height advantage on him.
"Guerrero is one of the most underrated fighters. When this fight was made, he was a nine to one underdog, and I checked yesterday and now he's a four to one [underdog]. As people get to know Robert Guerrero, through the CBS exposure and the pay-per-view promotion, etc., I think people are starting to realize that there is a reason Robert Guerrero hasn't lost in almost several years.
"I have no doubt that Guerrero is the most dangerous opponent that Mayweather has faced in a long time."
"Robert hasn't really lost since 2008 and the one loss he has, the only loss on his record, was against a guy who we found out later was on performance enhancing drugs. They had a rematch and he [Guerrero] stopped him inside of three rounds.
"Robert really is undefeated. He has the size advantage. He has the youth, and for those people who watched his fight against Berto, they could see how remarkably he was able to take Berto's punches. Berto is one of the toughest, hardest punching guys in the 147-pound weight class. He is a natural 147-pounder and Robert just walked through him. That just shows you how tough he is.
"Now if Guerrero is able to take Berto's shots, how can Floyd Mayweather possibly hurt him? If you can't hurt Robert Guerrero, then he is going to be coming all night long, and it is going to be a long night for Floyd Mayweather.
"I know it is going to be a great fight because Robert is coming to fight. He has wanted this fight for so long. Over the last three or four years they [Team Guerrero] kept saying to me, 'I want Mayweather. I want Mayweather.' So finally it is here. Two weeks to go. Robert Guerrero is motivated.
"He [Guerrero] isn't just fighting for himself, but he is doing it for all the cancer survivors as well. He's getting tremendous support from the Christian community as well.
"Of course Floyd Mayweather is in a class of his own. He's undefeated and pound-for-pound the best fighter and as he always says, '43 have tried and 43 have failed and this is going to be number 44.' So we'll see."
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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 WBC Featherweight World Champion Daniel Ponce de Leon taking on Two-Division World Champion Abner Mares in 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 fight for the vacant USBA Junior Featherweight Championship 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.
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