Athletes and celebrities give their Mayweather vs. Guerrero predictions
Oddsmakers consider Floyd Mayweather to be a heavy favorite against Robert Guerrero, and it looks like athletes and celebrities agree.
In a press release sent out by Mayweather's PR firm, all 19 athletes weighing in picked Mayweather, while 11 out of 14 entertainers also picked the undefeated 36-year-old.
While some of the celebrities did not exactly give detailed predictions -- how much insight does Justin Bieber's "I've got Floyd all day" response really offer? -- others clearly showed that they followed the sport, including Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett.
“I think Mayweather is WAY overrated," Shiflett said. "Look at his record. Every elite fighter he’s ever been in there with was shot except Victor Ortiz (who was giving him problems until the whole thing melted down). De La Hoya was handling Mayweather with the jab. Mosley almost knocked him out. Cotto was winning that fight but gassed out because he’s shot. Everybody else Mayweather has faced was a bum. Guerrero is young, fresh and motivated. I don't think he’s going to let Mayweather get in his head or be overwhelmed by the moment. The Ghost by decision.”
Perhaps the most interesting prediction comes from Las Vegas comedian Sean Cooper, who says that Mayweather might lose on purpose.
“Mayweather needs to hype up the fight he needs to lose," he said. "Money for the Rematch. Guerrero wins!’’
The full list of responses is below.
Terry Bradshaw, NFL Hall of Fame QB: “Mayweather is a proud fighter who wants to remain undefeated. He knows how to win big fights…and he won’t lose a fight in Vegas!”
Marlon Byrd, New York Mets: “Floyd’s going to knock him out in the eighth round.”
Ed Davis, Memphis Grizzlies: “Because his record is 1,000-0 and he will NOT lose. Floyd by knockout in the sixth round.”
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors: “Floyd might have to work a little bit, but at the end of the day Floyd is going to be Floyd and finish him off. He wins by eighth-round knockout.”
Braylon Edwards, NFL wide receiver: “Never bet against Floyd."
Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees: “I have to say Floyd’s going to keep that zero in the loss column.”
DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles: “My big bro Floyd is going to win.”
Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers : “Floyd by decision. He’s too fast for Guerrero.”
Kevin Krigger, jockey of Goldencents in the Kentucky Derby: “I’ve seen some of Guerrero’s fights and he didn’t impress me that much. He didn’t look like a guy who could beat Mayweather. It depends on what Mayweather wants to do with him. He might want to use him to prepare for his next fight. Mayweather will win by knockout in the sixth.”
Andrew McCutchen, Pittburgh Pirates: “It will be a good fight and it will go the 12-round distance, but in the end, Mayweather will be victorious by a unanimous decision!”
Shabazz Muhammad, Former UCLA basketball player: “Floyd knocks him out in the fifth.”
Jermaine O’Neal, Phoenix Suns: “Floyd will be a little rusty to start the fight off because of the long layoff, but will pick-up a lot of steam around the third round. Then he will begin to beat Guerrero up and ultimately knock him out by the sixth.”
Doug O’Neill, trainer of Goldencents in the Kentucky Derby: “Floyd is an experienced, cagey veteran. He will find Guerrero’s weaknesses and win by fifth-round knockout.”
Metta World Peace, Los Angeles Lakers: “Mayweather will rally late in the fight to win a decision, eight rounds to four.”
Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens: “By the eighth round, Mayweather will have worn him out and will capitalize with a knockout.”
Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles: “I think it’ll be a good fight, but Money always makes the right adjustments so I don’t see him losing. Floyd wins a unanimous 12-round decision.”
Dion Waiters, Cleveland Cavaliers: “Hardwork and dedication are the keys. I spent some time with Floyd in Las Vegas last year and he is the hardest-working athlete I’ve ever seen. I can’t see him losing now or ever. He wins by fifth-round technical knockout.”
Maalik Wayns, Los Angeles Clippers: “Floyd Money Mayweather is the greatest of all time. Enough said. Fourth-round technical knockout.”
Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia 76ers: “Mayweather is too fast for Guerrero and will win a 12-round decision.”
Jahlil Beats, music producer: “Mayweather gets the W. He’s the greatest of all time.”
Justin Bieber, pop star: “I've got Floyd all day.”
Sean Cooper, comedian: “Mayweather needs to hype up the fight he needs to lose. Money for the Rematch. Guerrero wins!’’
DeRay Davis, comedian and actor: “It’ll be a fourth-round knockout for the champ. He’s going to make an example of him.”
The Game, rapper: “Floyd in 4.”
Brad Garrett, comedian: “Mayweather in 9. ‘Money vs. The Ghost’…sounds like my divorce.”
Marquez Houston, singer and actor: “Floyd definitely wins. I’m going with a ninth-round knockout.”
Jinsu, rapper: “Floyd by sixth-round TKO. Win No. 44 (will be) light work.”
Jackie Long, actor: “Floyd will win by knockout in the fourth or fifth round.”
Mario Lopez, TV personality: “It being Cinco De Mayo weekend and me being Mexican, I have to go with the upset and pick Guerrero by split decision in an entertaining and spirited fight. #VivaMexico"
Lorena Peril, vocalist: “Floyd will win a decision. He is a great champion and always brings his best into the ring.”
Da Problem, rapper: “We all know Floyd going to go to work on his a--!"
Busta Rhymes, rapper: “Floyd is gonna bust his a--”
Chris Shiflett, Foo Fighters guitarist: “I think Mayweather is WAY overrated. Look at his record. Every elite fighter he’s ever been in there with was shot except Victor Ortiz (who was giving him problems until the whole thing melted down). De La Hoya was handling Mayweather with the jab. Mosley almost knocked him out. Cotto was winning that fight but gassed out because he’s shot. Everybody else Mayweather has faced was a bum. Guerrero is young, fresh and motivated. I don't think he’s going to let Mayweather get in his head or be overwhelmed by the moment. The Ghost by decision.”
-- R.J. Rico