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May 4, 2013

Mayweather, Guerrero square off in title fight

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And a few days before the fight he even accused Guerrero of trying to win fans by using his wife’s leukemia — which she overcame with a bone marrow transplant — as a way to get sympathy.

“I’m glad she was able to beat leukemia, which is a great thing,” Mayweather said. “But they keep selling the same story. It’s time to talk about something different.”

Guerrero has had his share of things to say about Mayweather, too, though it was his father who made the loudest statement when he repeatedly called Mayweather a woman beater at the final prefight press conference. The game plan in the Guerrero camp is the same as it will be in the ring — not to back off when challenged.

“That’s part of his game, getting under your skin and getting you off your game,” Robert Guerrero said. “It’s not working. He’s in for a fight and he knows it.”

None of the talk matters, of course, once the two men finally meet. The title belt at stake doesn’t matter all that much, either, in an era of inflated and cheap titles.

Mayweather has a franchise to protect, one that has made him untold millions of dollars since he beat Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 to catapult into the top seller ranks. He’ll earn another $40 million or so to take on Guerrero and try to remain perfect in 44 professional fights.

He hand picks his opponents these days, but had to do some studying before giving Guerrero the biggest fight of his life.

“I didn’t know who he was a year ago,” Mayweather said of Guerrero, who waged a very public campaign to get the fight. “I probably heard his name in passing but didn’t know who the guy was. But he’s earned his shot, and now he’ll get it.”

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