When Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) steps into the ring against Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) Saturday night in Las Vegas for the WBC and vacant The Ring Welterweight Championships, the sport of boxing will be the center of attention.
While sports fans across the world will be watching this main event, top athletes from every spectrum of athletics, who love boxing as much as anyone, are also excited for the action of a Mayweather pay-per-view event.
As entertaining as these fights are, other professional boxers tend to study these bouts for weaknesses or just to learn from the mistakes of another fighter. Just because a boxer isn’t in the fight, doesn’t mean they aren’t excited.
Middleweight champion Andre Ward lent his support to Guerrero in this fight and is pulling for the underdog:
Andre S.O.G. Ward @andreward
Excited for my bro @GHOSTBOXING getting his shot!! I don't shy away from the underdog!!2013-3-26 21:22:59
There are plenty of boxers that want to comment on this fight, but WWE manager Paul Heyman is always more than willing to share his two cents on any given topic from another type of squared circle:
Paul Heyman @HeymanHustle
#Mayday @FloydMayweather Punks Out Robert Guerrero on Showtime! cc: @FightHype http://t.co/0xabIdRQtf2013-3-17 20:30:42
Now that excitement levels are reaching a fever pitch, more and more athletes from other sports are also stepping out to make their picks, including several prominent NFL players. Former pass-catching phenom Chad Johnson was asked about the fight, and broke down why Mayweather can’t lose:
Chad Johnson @ochocinco
These matches r won based on style of fighter, Mayweather's style won't allow him 2 be beat on n off night RT @jk3arns: Mayweather/Guerrero2013-4-19 22:49:57
Keeping with the wide receiver theme, Philadelphia Eagles star DeSean Jackson shared his excitement for the fight and his support of the Money Team:
Desean Jackson @DeSeanJackson11
The May Day fight is coming up and the sweepstakes has started #whoRUpicking lets get it big bro @FloydMayweather2013-4-23 14:05:30
Maybe the Eagles can have a viewing party Saturday night, as Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick claimed that he would go all-in on Mayweather if he was a betting man:
Mike Vick @MikeVick
If I was a betting man. If... I would Bet everything I have on @FloydMayweather RT @staytru11: @MikeVick who are you picking on May Day?2013-4-21 03:18:33
While boxing fans and professional athletes across the sports world are excited about the mega fight this Saturday, both Guerrero and Mayweather have also chimed in themselves about the anticipation for a brawl.
Just as many of Guerrero’s fans have given him unwavering support throughout this process, The Ghost himself is the most excited of all and can’t wait to get into the ring:
Robert Guerrero @GHOSTBOXING
May 4th @SHOsports #MayDay cant come soon enough!! History will be made! Q2013-4-21 04:48:36
If Guerrero were able to win on Saturday, it would be one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, and, as The Ghost says in this video, that’s what he wants:
I honestly feel this is a modern-day David vs. Goliath. I’m in that position like Buster Douglas. I’m going to show up to the fight and I’m going to take him out just like Buster Douglas did Mike Tyson.
Mayweather has talked throughout the entire buildup to this bout—and no one was surprised—but his best talking came in a natural face-to-face with Guerrero at the very beginning (h/t Showtime Sports):
Money wasn't done there, though, as he took his verbal campaign to ESPN:
ESPN Boxing @ESPNBoxing
Sunday Conversation: Floyd Mayweather Jr. talks about his jail time and why he believes he's the GOAT http://t.co/nzDwwOlNi1 #boxing2013-4-28 17:18:29
In what could be the best tweet of the entire fight buildup, Mayweather wins the day by sending out the fight countdown and a Ghostbusters picture:
Floyd Mayweather @FloydMayweather
5 days until May Day [pic] — http://t.co/D749VNJAl02013-4-29 13:02:58
No matter which fighter comes out victorious Saturday night, the excitement surrounding this marquee fight has brought hardcore and casual boxing fans together.
The Mayweather name is a bona fide PPV draw, and with the intriguing matchup against an upset master like Guerrero, the entire sports world will be focused on Las Vegas this weekend.