Friday, May 3, 2013
Leaving the past behind, Mayweather focused on staying undefeated
LAS VEGAS -- Sitting in front of a bank of cameras, flanked by his longtime friend and business partner, Leonard Ellerbe, Floyd Mayweather slips easily back into his element. Another day, another press conference, another confident, younger opponent sitting across from him. The world Mayweather lives in is chaotic, rap lyrics personified. But here, he is at peace. When Robert Guerrero, who Mayweather will defend his welterweight title against on Saturday night (Showtime PPV, 9 p.m.), declares he will be the first to blemish Mayweather's resume, Mayweather barely flinches. When Guerrero's father, Ruben, calls Mayweather a "woman beater," a reference to Mayweather's guilty plea to misdemeanor battery charges that stemmed from an incident with his ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris, and resulted in a two-month prison sentence, Mayweather simply nods his head and smiles. Just another afternoon at the office for boxing's biggest attraction.