Mayweather-Guerrero to hit movie theaters
Fans will have an opportunity to watch on the big screen as pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. defends his WBC welterweight belt against two-division titlewinner Robert Guerrero on May 4.
Boxing enthusiasts can watch Mayweather (43-0, 26 knockouts) and Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) mix it up from the comfort of their local movie theaters thanks to the union of NCM Fathom Events, Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and O’Reilly Auto Parts.
“This is Floyd’s fifth fight that will be shown in movie theaters,” said Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe of an event that is being billed Mayday: Mayweather vs. Guerrero, and which will will be simulcast to select theaters nationwide.
“Watching Floyd Mayweather fight is a larger-than-life experience, and the opportunity for fans to see him on the big screen is truly extraordinary. He has a tough test in Robert Guerrero, and we hope that fans take advantage of the opportunity to watch this amazing matchup with fellow boxing fans at movie theaters across the country.”
Tickets for Mayweather-Guerrero are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website.
Mayweather-Guerrero will be broadcast to more than 400 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network, although theaters and participants are subject to change.
“We are very excited to once again partner with NCM Fathom Events and have the opportunity to showcase an amazing night of fights in the movie theaters,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.
“The entire ‘Mayday: Mayweather vs. Guerrero,’ fight card will be an incredible lineup of talent, and as we strive to bring this caliber of talent to fans everywhere, the unique experience of watching championship boxing on the big screen is something that is not to be missed.”
Tickets to see Mayweather-Guerrero at the MGM are on sale at prices ranging from $200 to $1,500, not including applicable service charges.
Tickets are limited to a total of 12 per person, with a limit of 10 per person at the $1,500 through $300 price, and, two per person at the $200 price, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster by phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
An online report by Forbes’ Magazine estimates that Mayweather’s exclusive multi-fight venture with Showtime and its parent company, CBS Corporation, could be worth a guaranteed $250,000 million.
Mayweather, 36, will make his first-ever appearance on Showtime Pay Per View against Guerrero in an agreement that could have the five-division titleholder fighting “six times over a period of 30 months.”
In the wake of their heated, face-to-face meeting during a shooting of a promotional video in Las Vegas, Guerrero called Mayeather “a mastermind in the ring.”
Guerrero, 29, has been picked by Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya to defeat Mayweather. De La Hoya was dethroned as WBC 154-pound titleholder by Mayweather in May of 2007.
Owner of a 15-bout winning streak that includes nine knockouts, Guerrero scored two knockdowns during November’s unanimous decision over two-time 147-pound titleholder Andre Berto in his last fight.
On the Mayweather-Guerrero undercard, rising two-division titlewinner Abner Mares (25-0, 13 KOs) will challenge WBC featherweight titleholder Daniel Ponce de Leon (44-4, 35 KOs).
In addition, Detroit prospect J’Leon Love (15-0, 8 KOs), who is coming off last month’s unanimous decision over Chicago’s Derek Findley, will face former junior middleweight Gabriel Rosado (21-6, 13 KOs).
Also, Leo Santa Cruz, who recently vacated his IBF bantamweight belt to enter the junior featherweight ranks, is targeted to face Venezuela’s Alexander Munoz (36-4, 28KOs).
For more information, visit www.ncm.com or www.FathomEvents.com.
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
Lem Satterfield can be reached at [email protected]