While in Detroit this week to promote Saturday night's 154-pound title fight between Cornelius Bundrage and Ishe Smith (whom he promotes), Floyd Mayweather opened up to the media bout the huge move to Showtime and his May 4th opponent Robert Guerrero.
“Showtime and CBS, I’ve got to take my hat off to them. They did a tremendous job and I am happy to be a part of this family. It’s not just Showtime. It’s CBS too. I have to give everyone their just due and credit. They are partners, came together and gave me a great deal and one I couldn’t refuse. I couldn’t ask for a better deal," said Mayweather.
Floyd has been an HBO fighter for pretty much his entire career and although HBO lost Manny Pacquiao to Showtime for his 2011 meeting against Shane Mosley, it was only for one fight, as Pacquiao has since fought again for HBO.
Mayweather however, having signed a 30-month deal that allows for up to six fights, will essentially finish his career with a new network.
“I am comfortable in this new relationship and my team is happy too. It’s like a new marriage and I feel good about it. I will be ready to go May 4, Cinco de Mayo. It’s going to MayDay and May-Per-View.
For his May 4 return, Mayweather will defend his 147-pound title against Robert Guerrero, who has clawed his way into this opportunity by impressively beating the likes of Andre Berto and Selcuk Aydin in his two welterweight fights.
“Robert Guerrero is a champion. For this guy to be mentioned with some of the top fighters in today’s time, he must have done something right or correct in his career. This is a guy who I know I can’t overlook; I have to push myself to the limit. I have to dedicate myself and I have to do what it takes to stay at the top.
Guerrero had been calling Mayweather out for some time, but only until recently has Mayweather taken the challenge seriously, due to his recent performances.
“Guerrero is a very aggressive fighter. I am starting to train. As a matter of fact, this week I was out on the basketball court with some young kids working on my cardio. I have to build my cardio up to fight Guerrero. I will not overlook him. I don’t overlook anyone. I know that everyone who fights me is gunning for me, so I have to be ready for what they are ready to give me," declared Mayweather.
“My career is not over yet. I have done it my whole life and I have always worked hard to be the best. That was my goal from the very beginning. To have my name mentioned with the likes of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson and Tommy Hearns, so many legendary champions that paved the way for me, I am appreciative.
“I am absolutely excited about fighting more. It’s about staying active and that means a lot more of me. Before my career ends, that’s what I am going to give the fans—a whole lot more of me. It’s 'Showtime' baby!"