Cinco de Mayweather: Preview to the Previews
Ha llegado el Cinco de Mayo, an annual holiday that for me means a hard morning workout followed by diet-destroying gluttony at places like La Mexicana or Tacos el Asador. Days like this I treat the menu like Williams treated the escorts in Enter the Dragon.
Waitress: Sir, would you like the pulled pork soft tacos or the chicken quesadillas?
Me: Yes, please!
But for boxing fans Cinco de Mayo also means a Saturday night full of high-profile fights, with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather at the centre of the action. This time out he takes on WBC interim champ Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, and with assistance from some very capable friends I’m helping you make sense of the action both in the ring and beyond it.
The work has already begun on my day job at the Toronto Star, where I spoke to Leonard Ellerbe and others about the business of being Floyd Mayweather. Last year he was the world’s highest-paid athlete and this year he has given himself a raise, but his $200 million contract with Showtime is as fraught with risk as it is full of reward and you can read my feature about it here.
Wednesday afternoon I’ll join my good friend and rising star boxing analyst Corey Erdman at the Fight Network studio looking in on the final Mayweather-Guerrero news conference and helping set up Saturday’s fight. We hit the air at 4 p.m. EDT, so if you’re a Fight Network subscriber and have access to a TV make sure you tune in.
And if you miss us Wednesday afternoon we’re back at it Friday. We’ll have the feed to the weigh-in and will be there to help you read between the lines and tell you what to need to know before Saturday night’s big fight. Show goes live at 5 p.m., and you’re all invited to join us.
Between now and fight night, if you have any questions you know where to find me:
If I’m not here I’ll be on Twitter.
If I’m not on Twitter I’ll be at the gym.
And if I’m not at the gym I’ll be a restaurante Mexicano getting Cinco de Mayo fat.
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