When it comes to villains in sports, no one does it quite like WBC welterweight champion, Floyd Mayweather (43-0-0, 26 KOs).
His brash persona rubs many hardcore and casual boxing fans the wrong way, so much that they’re always willing to shell out cash to watch his fights, hoping they’ll someday get to witness history when the “arrogant” Mayweather gets what they feel he deserves: a humiliating beating.
While most fighters need the help of other popular boxers to bring in the big pay-per-view numbers, Floyd consistently puts up impressive figures regardless of who he faces. He made history with Oscar De La Hoya back in 2007, setting the mark for the highest PPV sales in boxing history (2.7 million buys). Mayweather’s May 5 bout against WBC interim welterweight champion Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) probably won’t beat that mark, but it’s on course to put up good numbers.
At first, the idea of a Mayweather vs. Guerrero fight didn’t catch on with boxing fans, even though the background story to make it a big draw was always there.
Guerrero, who dealt with a lot of adversity caring for his wife, Casey, during her battle with cancer, is seen by many as a “good guy.” To make things even better, Guerrero isn’t the type of good guy who puts his tail between his legs and cowers when the big, bad wolf comes around. No, he’s the type who steps up and stands up to the bully. He’s the perfect hero for the anti-Mayweather legion — which is primarily responsible for Floyd’s consistently high pay-per-views numbers — to embrace, and he’ll also draw in a lot of Mexican fans, many of who still have flashbacks of their homegrown boxers getting tormented by the “Mexican Killer,” Roger Mayweather (Floyd’s trainer).
Robert isn’t just the perfect protagonist for Mayweather’s antagonist persona; he also matches up well against boxing’s pound-for-pound best inside the ring. His scrappy, a bit awkward style might cause some problems for Floyd, and he proved that he has serious punching power at 147 pounds during his last against Andre Berto.
Of course, the odds of Guerrero catching Mayweather with a big punch are slim, but then again, Juan Manuel Marquez’ chances of knocking out Manny Pacquiao were just as poor.
As always, Floyd has already started doing his part to promote their bout, picking up a lot of negative press for his antics ringside during a Cornelius Bundrage vs. Ishe Smith title bout for taunting the former’s wife/manager. He also got up close and personal with Guerrero during a photo shoot spewing things like: “this ain’t Berto, “I don’t know who you beat and I don’t know who you lost to,” and “you ain’t goin’ do nothing.”
Mayweather is clearly on a mission to reenergize his detractors and ensure his May 5 bout against Guerrero is another success.
Just like De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez, Shane Mosley, Victor Ortiz, and Miguel Cotto were paraded as the would-be giant killers that would slay the villainous Goliath and bring peace back to the world, it’s now Guerrero’s turn to carry the torch. The movie has been played so many times, but most can’t resist watching all the sequels, hoping to someday get a happy ending.