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Mayweather, Guerrero fathers almost go at it

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero won’t go at it for three days, but their trainers, who also are their fathers, Floyd Sr. and Ruben Guerrero were ready to throw down during a heated, intense verbal exchange at Wednesday’s press conference in Las Vegas. This time, Ruben was the instigator. Before he even made it to the podium to speak, he was hurling insults at Floyd Jr., who was seated at the dais. Later, it was Floyd Sr.’s turn. After the speaking portion of the press event had concluded, the fighters had already posed for photographs and Floyd Jr. was doing an interview with Showtime when Floyd Sr. approached the stage, screaming at Ruben every step of the way. Floyd Sr. had watched the proceedings from the media section (at Floyd Jr.’s insistence). Once he made it on the stage, the fathers were quickly separated and order was restored.

Ruben Guerrero (On the disagreement and Floyd Sr. not being on the dais): “I’ll hurt him, man. If I hit him one time, I don’t want to be responsible. He opened his mouth first. He opened the can of worms. If he’s going to talk, I’ll do it for real. They should’ve let him hang up here like a real man.”

Floyd Mayweather Sr. (Regarding his son prohibiting him from sitting at the dais): “He knows how I am. He knows I’m the kind of guy I am that I won’t be listening to that B.S. and that I’m gonna attack.”

“The head trainer is always supposed to be up there on the podium. I guess they didn’t want me up there. Why is his daddy up there and I’m down here?”

(On whether the Ruben Guerrero tiff may spill over to Saturday): “The thing about it, when his son gets his butt whooped, you know he’s not going to want to get his whooped too. I don’t think it’s going to spill over anywhere. I think the crap’s going to be over with once his son gets whooped.”

Floyd Mayweather (Regarding his decision to keep Floyd Sr. off the dais): “Just to avoid any conflict. That’s why I let my father sit down low, in the audience, because I don’t want any conflict. I’m trying to avoid anyone getting hurt. If I’m up here and Robert’s up here, and my dad and his dad get to fighting, and they fall on him or fall on me, somebody’s finger gets broke or something happens, somebody gets cut, then we’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars down the drain

“I think I made a smart decision. I don’t have to fight his father. I’m here to fight the fighter. Like I told my dad, just carry yourself in a classy way.”

(Regarding the addition of his father to his corner after the Miguel Cotto fight): “It was an exciting fight, but I feel there are certain things my father can see that maybe Roger can’t. When you have diabetes, your vision gets bad. I can’t afford for somebody’s vision to be bad in a big fight like this.”

Robert Guerrero (Regarding his father’s tirade): “My dad is pumped up. That’s the real Mr. ALL ACCESS right there. It’s good you have security here and the officers because he’s not all talk.”

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