Floyd Mayweather Announces Next Fight; Signs Richest Individual Athlete Deal In All Of Sports
As we all expected, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero received the nod to face Floyd Mayweather on May 4th in Las Vegas after two years of chasing down the pound-for-pound king. Aside from some last minute bait and switch when Mayweather took to Twitter to announce that Devon Alexander was the front runner, Guerrero was always expected to be the next in line for the Mayweather sweepstakes once the allure of Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao was decimated by one Juan Manuel Marquez punch.
Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) put on a virtuoso performance against Andre Berto back in November to rise to the top of Mayweather’s list. With not many challenging options for Mayweather aside from a showdown with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Guerrero’s savage assault on his opponents since leaping from lightweight to welterweight has been eye opening. A pressure fighter that can box, Guerrero will likely employ a plan similar to that which Miguel Cotto used to bust up Mayweather when the two met last May.
While many thought the Mayweather-Guerrero fight was a formality, the real shocker came when it was announced that Mayweather has signed a deal with Showtime/CBS that will see him fight an unprecedented six times in 30 months. The deal will see Mayweather move away from HBO, where he launched the acclaimed HBO 24/7 series and has been a staple for the network, and join the Showtime family. The revenue sharing deal will see Mayweather’s fights promoted on CBS and its expansive media platforms. The press release would not disclose the financial details of the deal but notes that it is the “richest individual athlete deal in all of sports.”
More importantly, the deal suggests that Mayweather could fight up to six times over the course of the next 30 months. Considering that Mayweather hasn’t fought more than once in a calendar year since 2007, the mere thought that he would fight once every five months is a bit ambitious. Nevertheless, the deal could be huge for Mayweather in terms of lining his pockets. But first he must get past Guerrero on May 4th.