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Robert Guerrero stood toe-to-toe with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and refused to back down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
That was during a stare-down pose after Friday’s weigh-in when Mayweather and Guerrero made their WBC welterweight championship official. Guerrero vows he will do the same come fight time Saturday night.
“Nobody is intimidating me,” Guerrero exclaimed in his final comments before the fight. “When we get in the ring, it’s on. That’s it.”
The weigh-in went off without issue, as both fighters appeared to manage the 147-pound limit comfortably. Guerrero hit the scales first and weighed exactly 147, while Mayweather finished with a pound to spare at 146.
They inched close together for their face-off photo but didn’t share any words, let alone get into a physical altercation like some Guerrero fans were clamoring for with “push him” yells. Mayweather chomped on gum while sneering into Guerrero’s eyes.
“It’s all about blood, sweat and tears,” Mayweather said while on the stage. “Of course, I come from a boxing family. It’s in my blood. It’s embedded in me. I’m going to go out there and do what I do best, and that’s be victorious.”
There was some shouting between the two men’s fathers, who double as their trainers. Tension has accumulated for weeks between Ruben Guerrero and Floyd Mayweather Sr., culminating at Thursday’s press conference when Guerrero called out both Mayweather Sr. and Jr. by calling them woman beaters and cowards.
Ruben Guerrero bounced around and chirped some more at the weigh-in until Mayweather Sr. started to approach him from the other side of the stage. Mayweather Jr. had his father, whom he’s had a well-documented tumultuous relationship with over the years, restrained as to not get any closer.
“I feel like the trainers should act their age and let the fighters do the fighting,” Mayweather Jr. said live on Showtime after weighing in.
Fighters in the two other championship bouts on the card tipped the scales in front of the packed crowd before Mayweather Jr. and Guerrero. Super bantamweights Leo Santa Cruz (122) and Alexander Munoz (121) both hit the mark, as did featherweights Daniel Ponce de Leon (126) and Abner Males (126).
The two fights will precede Mayweather vs. Guerrero on the pay-per-view card, which begins at 6 Saturday night.