Tensions flared, insults flew and blows were very nearly exchanged during the final main event press conference on Wednesday to publicise Saturday night’s world welterweight title clash between pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr and Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
However, it was not Mayweather Jr and Guerrero that nearly came to blows three days before the fight , but their respective trainers and fathers, Floyd Sr. and Ruben Guerrero.
The pair got into it during a heated, intense verbal exchange. This time, Ruben was the instigator. Before he even made it to the podium to speak, he was hurling insults at Floyd Jr., who was seated at the dais.
Later, it was Floyd Sr.’s turn. After the speaking portion of the press conference had concluded, the fighters had already posed for photographs and Floyd Jr. was doing an interview with Showtime when Floyd Sr. approached the stage, screaming at Ruben every step of the way.
Floyd Sr. had watched the proceedings from the media section (at Floyd Jr.’s insistence). Once he made it on the stage, the fathers were quickly separated and order was restored.
Floyd Jr quickly revealed why he insisted his father be seated in the media section instead of placing him on the dias with the rest of his team.
“Just to avoid any conflict,” said Mayweather Jr. That’s why I let my father sit down low, in the audience, because I don’t want any conflict. I’m trying to avoid anyone getting hurt. If I’m up here and Robert’s up here, and my dad and his dad get to fighting, and they fall on him or fall on me, somebody’s finger gets broke or something happens, somebody gets cut, then we’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars down the drain.
“I think I made a smart decision. I don’t have to fight his father. I’m here to fight the fighter. Like I told my dad, just carry yourself in a classy way.”
Regarding having his father in his corner after the Miguel Cotto fight Mayweather Jr added: “It was an exciting fight, but I feel there are certain things my father can see that maybe Roger can’t. When you have diabetes, your vision gets bad. I can’t afford for somebody’s vision to be bad in a big fight like this.”