When Floyd Mayweather fights, his PR team likes to get athletes and celebrities to make predictions on the outcome in order to generate more buzz and interest for the fight. It’s no different this week with Mayweather facing Robert Guerrero on Saturday.
Mayweather’s PR team sent out an email Thursday showing the predictions of 19 athletes and 14 entertainers (and various media members). Shockingly, all 19 athletes are picking Mayweather to win. Of the 14 entertainers, only three are picking Guerrero. The best part is who one of the few entertainers picking Guerrero to win is … Mario Lopez.
Below are the predictions of 19 athletes.
Terry Bradshaw, NFL Hall of Fame QB who’ll be performing at The Mirage in June (Mayweather): “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 Outfielder (Mayweather): “Floyd’s going to knock him out in the eighth round.”
Ed Davis, Memphis Grizzlies Forward (Mayweather): “Because his record is 1,000-0 and he will NOT lose. Floyd by knockout in the sixth round.” Twitter: @eddavis32
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors Guard/Forward (Mayweather): “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.” Twitter: @DeMar_DeRozan
Braylon Edwards, NFL Wide Receiver (Mayweather): “Never bet against Floyd.” Twitter: @officialbraylon
Curtis Granderson, New York Yankees Outfielder (Mayweather): “I have to say Floyd’s going to keep that zero in the loss column.”
DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver (Mayweather): “My big bro Floyd is going to win.”
Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder (Mayweather): “Floyd by decision. He’s too fast for Guerrero.”
Kevin Krigger, Jockey of Goldencents in the Kentucky Derby (Mayweather): “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 Outfielder (Mayweather): “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 Guard/Forward (Mayweather): “Floyd knocks him out in the fifth.”
Jermaine O’Neal, Phoenix Suns Center (Mayweather): “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.” Twitter: @jermaineoneal
Doug O’Neill, Trainer of Goldencents Santa Anita Derby winner and one of the top contenders in the May 4 Kentucky Derby (Mayweather): “Floyd is an experienced, cagey veteran. He will find Guerrero’s weaknesses and win by fifth-round knockout.”
Metta World Peace, Los Angeles Lakers Forward (Mayweather): “Mayweather will rally late in the fight to win a decision, eight rounds to four.”
Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens Running Back (Mayweather): “By the eighth round, Mayweather will have worn him out and will capitalize with a knockout.”
Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback (Mayweather): “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.” Twitter: @mikevick
Dion Waiters, Cleveland Cavaliers Guard (Mayweather): “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.” Twitter: @dionwaiters3
Maalik Wayns, Los Angeles Clippers Guard (Mayweather): “Floyd Money Mayweather is the greatest of all time. Enough said. Fourth-round technical knockout.” Twitter: @maalikwayns2
Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia 76ers Forward (Mayweather): “Mayweather is too fast for Guerrero and will win a 12-round decision.” Twitter: @yungsmoove21
Below are the picks of 14 entertainers. The three Guerrero picks are at the bottom.
Jahlil Beats, Super Music Producer (Mayweather): “Mayweather gets the W. He’s the greatest of all time.”
Justin Bieber, Pop musician, Actor and Songwriter (Mayweather): “I’ve got Floyd all day.” Twitter: @justinbieber
DeRay Davis, Comedian/Actor (Mayweather): “It’ll be a fourth-round knockout for the champ. He’s going to make an example of him.”
The Game, Rapper (Mayweather): “Floyd in 4.”
Brad Garrett, Comedian and Host at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand (Mayweather): “Mayweather in 9. ‘Money vs. The Ghost’…sounds like my divorce.”
Marquez Houston, Singer/Actor (Mayweather): “Floyd definitely wins. I’m going with a ninth-round knockout.”
Jinsu, Rapper (Mayweather): “Floyd by sixth-round TKO. Win No. 44 (will be) light work.”
Jackie Long, Actor (Mayweather): “Floyd will win by knockout in the fourth or fifth round.” Twitter: @jackielong
Lorena Peril, FANTASY at Luxor Star Powerhouse Vocalist (Mayweather): “Floyd will win a decision. He is a great champion and always brings his best into the ring.”
Da Problem, Rapper (Mayweather): “We all know Floyd going to go to work on his ass!”
Busta Rhymes, Rapper (Mayweather): “Floyd is gonna bust his ass”
Sean Cooper, FANTASY at Luxor Comedian (Guerrero): “Mayweather needs to hype up the fight he needs to lose. Money for the Rematch. Guerrero wins!”
Chris Shiflett, Lead Guitarist of Foo Fighters (Guerrero): “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.”
Mario Lopez, TV Personality (Guerrero): “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”
So we have one comedian, a musician … and Mario Lopez picking Guerrero to win.
For the record, I think Mayweather takes it.