Gabriel Rosado will open up Saturday's Mayweather vs Guerrero pay-per-view, facing middleweight prospect J'Leon Love, with plans to expose the "Money Team" youngster.
Yesterday, the two got a bit heated at the Grand Arrivals in Las Vegas, with Mayweather Promotions lieutenant Leonard Ellerbe also getting in Rosado's face a bit. The Philadelphia native, who fought valiantly in a bloody loss to Gennady Golovkin in January, believes there's a bit of trepidation on his opponent's side.
"A coward pops off. That's emotions, man. He's showing emotions. They know I'm a problem. That's why they needed to get into my fucking face. They know Love is in a real fight. So if I'm nobody why is Leonard Ellerbe up in my face trying to get me amped up? You are doing that because I'm a threat. I know what you are trying to do. I'm too smart, man. I know what the fucking game plan is. I know what they are trying to do. ... I just know I had two bitch ass motherfuckers talking in my face."
Rosado (21-6, 13 KO) gave up a mandatory ranking for a shot at the IBF junior middleweight title to fight Golovkin earlier this year, and is now staying at middleweight for an opportunity on Saturday for big exposure.
Love (15-0, 8 KO) has talent, but the Michigan native has received mixed reviews as a prospect thus far. While the "Money Team" lauds him as a future world champion, more impartial observers aren't quite so unanimously certain. And Rosado is, without question, the best fighter he's faced to date. So he'll get to prove a little something if he can win on Saturday.