Floyd Mayweather Sr and Ruben Guerrero, the fathers and trainers of May 4 pay-per-view headliners Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero, have launched into a bitter war of words and threats ahead, and the fight hasn't even had an official press conference yet.
Those of you who wish boxing were a gentlemanly pursuit can stop paying attention here, because it gets pretty nasty.
Floyd Sr was interviewed by Fight Hype, and took some exception to something Robert said on Twitter to the effect of it will be fun to beat Floyd with his father back in his corner. Sr, being himself, took this as an opportunity to threaten Robert's dad:
"Guerrero is gonna be in trouble if he thinks he's kicking my son's ass, and like I told the reporter that came into the gym the other day, I don't give a fuck how old his daddy is, if he get out of line, I'll kick his ass. So my son gonna kick 'The Ghost' ass and if his daddy get out of line, I'm gonna kick his ass. We are not taking him lightly and we not playing, man."
Words came back to "Big" Floyd when Ruben Guerrero responded in an interview with BoxingScene.com:
"However they want to do it, let's do it. ... I don't fuck around. I'm from the barrio, holmes. I've been shot, I've been stabbed, I've been everything. ... I'll kick both of their fucking asses. That fucking ass will go down. They want to heat it up, I'll heat it up. I'm 30-0 in the barrio, knocking fools out. I'm undefeated in street-fighting. ... My son never treated me like a piece of shit on TV like his son did. That guy don't scare me. He ain't shit to me."
And of course, it didn't end there, as Fight Hype wisely got back in touch with Floyd Sr, who responded with this gem:
"We gonna see, because I wish that motherfucker would call himself swinging on me. They can close the door because I'm gonna put his ass on the floor. He don't need to worry about what happened between me and my son. Worry about what's gonna happen to your son and your ass if you run up on me. I wish that motherfucker would call himself coming up on me. I don't know where he was shot at, but I bet it wasn't worse than when I got shot. I'm gonna break his ass down, so I hope he didn't get shot in the body. Then again, I'm gonna hit him on the fucking chin anyway, so it don't matter. ... He say he fucking 30-0 in the streets? He can get ready to be 30-1 because I don't fuck around. ... None of that street talking shit scare me, motherfucker. He better check my reputation."
The fighters themselves haven't even started jawing, but that should probably be expected. It seems like Team Guerrero is ready to make this some kind of personal battle, and though Floyd has been respectful of Guerrero in the media thus far, it doesn't take much to get him talking, either.