By Karl Freitag
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
The Mayweather-Guerrero press conference was a routine affair until Robert Guerrero’s father/trainer Ruben Guerrero got to the podium.
Ruben Guerrero: I don’t talk s__t man, I back it up. I back it up baby, anytime, anywhere, like I said and we’re going to beat-up that woman beater, the one who beat up his wife, man . . . his wife in front of his kids, you guys like that s__t? You like this guy? A woman beater? He must have learned that from his dad. Woman beater baby, we’re going to beat that woman beater. See how he’s going to like it, he’s going to get it from a real man. We’re going to beat that woman beater down! You guys hear me what I said baby!
Oscar de la Hoya tried to get Guerrero away from the mic.
Oscar: It’s okay, it’s okay.
Ruben: Beat up his wife in front of his kids. That’s bulls__t man! He talked about my son, how he’s a hypocrite, how about him? Woman beater! He beats up women and goes to jail!
Oscar: Thank you very much!
Robert Guerrero: I’m ready. You guys were talking about this is Mayweather’s home, we’re doing a home invasion and like Bob (Santos) said that ‘O’ has got to ‘go.’ Richard here saying ‘records are made to be broken,’ May 4th Floyd Mayweather’s record’s going to get broken. He’s going to have his first loss. You better believe that because I’m ready to go and I can’t wait! I’m excited for this fight, I’ve been working hard to be here and we’re going to get it.
Floyd Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe took the high road and didn’t acknowledge Ruben Guerrero’s tirade.
Floyd Mayweather: Robert Guerrero has obviously done something right to get to this level so at training camp I’m pushing myself to the limit, absolutely. My dad has done a tremendous job, my uncle Roger done a tremendous job, Team Mayweather has done a tremendous job and that’s what it’s about in this sport, matching the best with the best and to go down as a Hall-of-Famer some day you’ve got to fight the best fighters out there and at this particular time, he’s one of the best out there and the only thing I can do is to continue to go out there, rack up victories and be the best I can be and continue to give to you guys excitement and the only thing that I want to do like I said before, is be the best that we can be.
Mayweather’s father/trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. was strangely not on the dias or given a chance to speak, but he got into a heated argument with the Ruben Guerrero after the press conference ended and they had to be separated.