On Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Showtime will premiere the second of five episodes of All-Access: Mayweather vs. Guerrero in advance of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s May 4 defense of his WBC welterweight belt against two-division titlewinner Robert Guerrero on Showtime Pay Per View .
Narrated by Grammy Award-winning Hip-Hop artist, actor and author, Common, the show is monitoring the events leading up to Mayweather (43-0, 26 knockouts) ending a nearly one-year ring absence against Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Coming off November’s unanimous decision over two-time 147-pound titleholder Andre Berto in his last fight, Guerrero, 29, has become increasingly critical of Mayweather, who was the world’s highest-paid athlete last year.
“Every time I fight somebody, it’s been the worst beating of their life,” said Guerrero. “It’s just the way that I roll.”
Mayweather, 36, last fought on May 5 of last year, earning a unanimous decision victory over Miguel Cotto for the WBA’s junior middleweight belt.
“Forty-three had a game plan. We’re going to keep pressure on Mayweather,” said Mayweather. “The game plan is just to come in there and get your payday. F__kin’ dumb ass.”
CHRIS ARREOLA: BERMANE STIVERNE HAS ‘SKILLS, I HAVE BALLS’
Saying that his Haitian-born rival Bermane Stiverne has “skills, but I have balls,” heavyweight contender Chris Arreola has drawn motivation from the chance to become the division’s first-ever Mexican-American beltholder as well as from the opportunity to punish Stiverne for a perceived racial epithet.
“Bermane Stiverne. Tough man, but I’m tougher,” Arreola (35-2, 30 knockouts), of Riverside, Calif., said of Stiverne (22-1-1, 20 KOs), of Las Vegas.
“I’m coming. I’m going to bring the pressure. I’m going to make him fight every minute and every second of that fight, and I hope that he’s ready.”
Arreola-Stiverne is a WBC elimination bout scheduled for April 27 at Citzens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. The winner of Arreola-Stiverne would be in line to challenge 41-year-old WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 knockouts), who scored his 13th straight win and his 10th stoppage victory during that run against Manuel Charr (21-1, 11 KOs) in September.
EDWIN RODRIGUEZ, WIFE WELCOME THIRD CHILD, EVAN
Rodriguez, 27, is coming off last month’s unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna as part of the four-man light heavyweight tournament in Monte Carlo.
Rodriguez will face light heavyweight Denis Grachev (13-1-1, 8 KOs) in the final of the Monte Carlo Million Dollar Super Four on July 13 in Monaco. The fighters have agreed to a catch weight of 171.5 pounds. Grachev defeated Zsolt Erdei by a split decision on the same card in Monte Carlo.
The winner of Rodriguez-Grachev earns the higher portion of a 60/40 share of $1 million.
Rodriguez returned to his home in Worcester, Mass., to be with Stephanie, with whom he already has 6-year-old twins, Serena and Edwin Rodriguez Jr.
Photo by Naoki Fukuda
Photo by Carlos Baeza, Goossen Tutor Promotions
Photo courtesy of Jamie Herrick
Lem Satterfield can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org